Duke Energy http://wfae.org en NC Solar Industry In Jeopardy If Utilities Get Their Way http://wfae.org/post/nc-solar-industry-jeopardy-if-utilities-get-their-way <p>In the span of five years, the solar industry in North Carolina has grown from nearly non-existent to fourth-largest in the nation, behind California, Arizona, and New Jersey. The pace is accelerating, with solar capacity set to more than double in the state, at least this year. The state’s powerful electric utilities are pushing changes that could blot out the industry in North Carolina.</p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:52:50 +0000 Ben Bradford 55562 at http://wfae.org NC Solar Industry In Jeopardy If Utilities Get Their Way Dan River Dredging Finished, Less Than 10 Percent Of Ash Removed http://wfae.org/post/dan-river-dredging-finished-less-10-percent-ash-removed <p>Duke Energy announced it has finished actively cleaning coal ash from the Dan River, a little less than six months after a massive spill turned the water gray. The bulk of the ash will remain in the river.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Between 30,000 and 40,000 tons of ash, containing heavy metals including arsenic and lead, spilled into the river in February. It flowed down the Dan River, collecting in pockets on its banks and bottom.</span></p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 23:41:30 +0000 Ben Bradford 55067 at http://wfae.org Dan River Dredging Finished, Less Than 10 Percent Of Ash Removed NC Senate Unanimously Opposes House Coal Ash Changes http://wfae.org/post/nc-senate-unanimously-opposes-house-coal-ash-changes <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The North Carolina House and Senate have found another area of disagreement to go along with the budget. One of the legislature’s top priorities—a bill to address coal ash—failed to advance to the governor’s desk Monday night.</span></p><p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 13:21:44 +0000 Ben Bradford 54915 at http://wfae.org NC Utilities And Solar Developers Argue Over Price http://wfae.org/post/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 http://wfae.org Four Things To Know About The House Coal Ash Bill http://wfae.org/post/four-things-know-about-house-coal-ash-bill <p>The question about what to do with coal ash around the state came to the North Carolina House floor last night. In a contentious three hour debate, Republican lawmakers defended controversial changes to the bill they received from the Senate and defeated more than a dozen amendments. As the bill nears becoming law, here are four things to know about the latest version.</p><p></p><p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 13:18:16 +0000 Ben Bradford 54149 at http://wfae.org Four Things To Know About The House Coal Ash Bill NC Renewable Energy, And Surcharges, Set To Rise http://wfae.org/post/nc-renewable-energy-and-surcharges-set-rise <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Duke Energy reports it cost about $30 million to comply with North Carolina’s renewable energy requirement last year. As that requirement doubles next year, Duke is petitioning for an increase in rates.</span></p><p></p><p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 21:40:59 +0000 Ben Bradford 54067 at http://wfae.org NC Renewable Energy, And Surcharges, Set To Rise Contentious Debate, Unanimous Vote For Coal Ash Bill In NC Senate http://wfae.org/post/contentious-debate-unanimous-vote-coal-ash-bill-nc-senate <p>The North Carolina Senate tentatively approved a bill last night that would determine what happens to the coal ash ponds at all 14 of Duke Energy’s coal plants in the state. The debate was far more rancorous than the final vote.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 14:18:47 +0000 Ben Bradford 53629 at http://wfae.org Contentious Debate, Unanimous Vote For Coal Ash Bill In NC Senate Fact Check: Carcinogens In Rowan County Wells Overblown In Recent Reports http://wfae.org/post/fact-check-carcinogens-rowan-county-wells-overblown-recent-reports <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A story has been making the rounds this week about a Rowan County community called </span>Dukeville<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Environmentalists found toxic heavy metals in drinking water wells near Duke Energy’s retired Buck coal plant, suggesting contamination from coal ash. One metal found in all the wells has generated the most attention. &nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“A cancer-causing chemical, called </span>hexavalent<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> chromium,” </span>WCNC<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reported.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Chromium’s “most toxic form,” an Associated Press investigative story reads.</span></p><p>WFAE’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Ben Bradford joined All Things Considered host Mark </span>Rumsey<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to discuss problems with these reports.</span></p><p></p><p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 00:24:11 +0000 Ben Bradford 53292 at http://wfae.org Fact Check: Carcinogens In Rowan County Wells Overblown In Recent Reports NC Senate Considers Coal Ash As Regulators Find More Leaks http://wfae.org/post/nc-senate-considers-coal-ash-regulators-find-more-leaks <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The state has cited Duke for 11 leaks at the Riverbend, Allen, Marshall, Cliffside, and Buck plants. Bridget Munger, spokeswoman for the state Division of Dam Safety, says they range in size and significance.</span></p><p></p><p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 21:50:45 +0000 Ben Bradford 53061 at http://wfae.org NC Senate Considers Coal Ash As Regulators Find More Leaks Dan River Update: A Fraction Of Ash Removed http://wfae.org/post/dan-river-update-fraction-ash-removed <p>The Environmental Protection Agency announced it has struck an agreement with Duke Energy to clean up coal ash from the Dan River. The EPA has been overseeing the company’s response, since a storage pond failed at a Duke coal plant in February, spilling at least 30,000 tons of the waste into the river. But the agreement binds Duke to clean up ash as the EPA directs and to reimburse the agency for its costs. EPA officials say that comes to about $800,000 for the past three-plus months of clean-up.</p><p> Fri, 23 May 2014 01:57:50 +0000 Ben Bradford 51515 at http://wfae.org Dan River Update: A Fraction Of Ash Removed