natural gas en NC Utilities And Solar Developers Argue Over Price <p>Electric utilities and renewable energy developers are facing off this week in front of the North Carolina utilities commission over the price of renewable energy, and how much companies like Duke Energy should have to pay for it. The dispute has drawn in both national environmental organizations and Google.</p><p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 20:57:14 +0000 Ben Bradford 54414 at Fracking Commission Requests 3-Month Extension To Write Rules <p>A state commission developing rules for fracking in North Carolina is asking for a three-month extension to finish the job. Mining and Energy Commission Chairman Jim Womack says commissioners do not need more time to write the rules, but he expects as many as 10,000 public comments about the controversial issue. He says an extra three months will help.</p><p>“That means we can take more time to sift through the thousands of public comments that we’re going to receive and, so we can have a more conscious and deliberate response,” says Womack.</p> Sun, 11 May 2014 02:35:04 +0000 Ben Bradford 50647 at Duke Plans Minimal Increase To Renewable Energy Over 15 Years <p>Over the next 15 years, Duke Energy plans to increase how much it relies on renewable energy only modestly—from 1 percent next year to just 2 percent in 2028. The utility is concentrating on natural gas.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This is part of Duke’s annual filing with state regulators, where the utility maps out how it plans to provide energy to North Carolina customers.</span></p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 13:44:37 +0000 Ben Bradford 37773 at Duke Plans Minimal Increase To Renewable Energy Over 15 Years Duke Energy Cancels Planned Florida Nuclear Site <p>Duke Energy has announced it will cancel plans for a new nuclear power plant in Levy County, Florida. With no new energy to show, ratepayers are on the hook for the cost, while Duke’s turned a profit.</p><p></p><p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 13:34:12 +0000 Ben Bradford 32521 at How A New Limit On Carbon Emissions Could Impact NC <p>President Obama plans to issue an executive order to limit carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants. Right now, there is no limit. It could change the mix of energy sources on which North Carolina relies. Coal provides the largest source of the state’s power, including 51 percent in 2011. But, burning coal emits the most carbon-dioxide of the major power sources, so it is most likely to be affected by the order. Other North Carolina businesses could stand to benefit by the scaling back of coal plants.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 14:08:31 +0000 Ben Bradford 30144 at How A New Limit On Carbon Emissions Could Impact NC Fracking Commission Delays Chemical Disclosure Rules <p>One of the most contentious questions about hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is what companies should be required to disclose about the mix of water and chemicals pumped into the ground during the process.&nbsp;</p><p> Sat, 04 May 2013 00:30:42 +0000 Ben Bradford 26594 at Lots Of Unknowns On Fracking's Future In North Carolina <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing—or </span>fracking<span style="line-height: 1.5;">—for natural gas in shale rock has radically changed the nation’s energy mix. Since the </span>fracking<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> boom began in 2008, the cost of natural gas has plummeted and supply has surged. The technique is banned in North Carolina, but a bill that passed last year and another currently making its way through the legislature would open the door.</span></p> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 03:49:51 +0000 Ben Bradford 22985 at Lots Of Unknowns On Fracking's Future In North Carolina