Energy/Environment

Local News
9:40 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Charlotte Company Hopes To Lead Electric Truck Revolution

A prototype of EV Fleet's Condor, which the company demonstrated during a demo day. The truck bed's paint will match the rest of the car in final versions, the company says.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

Electric cars were largely novelties until Tesla introduced its Roadster in 2008. Now, a few small start-ups are trying to repeat Tesla’s success in another sector of the electric vehicle industry. They’re building trucks, hoping to sell them en masse to government and business fleets.


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Local News
7:00 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Duke Joins Proposal For Nation's Largest Wind Farm, Storage

An artist rendering of the energy storage facility.
Credit Magnum Energy

The nation’s largest wind farm in Wyoming would connect to  one of the largest energy storage facilities in Utah to power Los Angeles, in a proposal announced Tuesday by four companies, including Duke Energy. The project’s scale is more akin to a nuclear plant.


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Local News
7:47 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Why We Disbelieve Science, Consider Conspiracies

Credit Gabriel Rocha / Flickr

Fluoridated water reduces cavities, as scientific studies have repeatedly shown. Yet for decades, public health and government officials have had to defend fluoride in public drinking water, against at-times outlandish conspiracy theories. It’s a battle currently playing out in Charlotte. WFAE’s Ben Bradford examines why we have trouble believing the science.


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Local News
5:58 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Duke Energy Plans Major Solar Expansion In North Carolina

A Strata Solar project in Cleveland County. The company will sell a 65-megawatt project planned near Jacksonville, N.C. to Duke Energy.
Credit Strata Solar

The nation’s largest power company will also be one of the largest solar providers. Duke Energy wrapped up six months of shopping for solar projects today, and announced it will increase its North Carolina capacity by more than a third. Despite the increase, solar remains a tiny fraction of overall generation.


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Local News
2:47 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Missing Water A Mystery For County Utility

Credit Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities

County water officials have a bit of a mystery on their hands: the case of the missing 20 million gallons of water. Sunday afternoon workers noticed that a pump, which propels that amount of water per day into a water tank, is still operating. But it is not ending up in the water tank.


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Local News
5:57 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Duke Projects Next 15 Years Of Power

Credit Duke Energy/Flickr

Every year, Duke Energy submits a plan to state regulators, showing how it will continue to supply power to the Carolinas over the next 15 years. It projects how the energy mix will change, what new power plants the company intends to build—how much will come from solar, wind, or coal. The most recent plan is out, and WFAE’s Ben Bradford joined All Things Considered Host Mark Rumsey for a quick survey of how Duke sees the energy landscape in 2029.


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Local News
2:49 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Environmental Groups File More Coal Ash Lawsuits

The Southern Environmental Law Center's new lawsuits target pollution at the Buck Steam Station in Rowan County (pictured), the Cape Fear Plant, and the H.F. Lee Plant.
Credit Duke Energy

Environmental groups launched new lawsuits today against Duke Energy for pollution from the company’s coal ash ponds in North Carolina, adding more strands to a tangled web of litigation between Duke, environmental groups and state regulators.


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Local News
5:27 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Dominion To Build New Gas Pipeline Into NC

A map of major natural gas pipelines in the Southeast.
Credit Energy Information Administration (eia.gov)

Duke Energy and Piedmont Natural Gas have chosen a builder and route for a new, major interstate natural gas pipeline to run through North Carolina, only the second such pipeline in the state. The first was built in 1951.


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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Years Of Living Dangerously: Preacher's Daughter

The Blue Ridge Mountains near Cashiers, North Carolina.
Eric Lang

Monday, September 1, 2014

This is a rebroadcast of an earlier show. 

Anna Joyner grew up roaming the hills and mountains of western North Carolina. She fell in love with the land and the streams, and devoted her life to preserving them against climate change.  She also grew up the daughter of mega church founder Rick Joyner. He had passionate beliefs of his own but they didn’t include belief in climate change. Anna and her father came to the attention of the producers of the Showtime Series on climate change, Years of Living Dangerously, and now their story will be told nationwide. But first, Anna and her father join us to talk about their journey to respect and learn from each other and see if they can work together for environmental change.

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Environment
9:27 am
Wed August 20, 2014

NC Senate Passes Bill That Cuts Environmental Regulations

Venus flytrap
Credit hyperion327 / Flickr

On Friday, state senators passed the Regulatory Reform Act. It covers everything from oyster permits to Venus flytraps. It also includes a few sections on coastal management and isolated wetlands that environmental advocates say they're concerned about.  


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