Duke Energy

8:30 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Duke Energy Execs Have Bonuses Cut After Coal Ash Spill

Duke Energy will dock its top executives 35% of bonus pay after coal ash spill
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The 2014 bonuses for five of Duke Energy’s top executives were cut by 35 percent. This is response, the company says, to last year’s coal ash spill into the Dan River. 

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4:20 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Meeting Canceled, Coal Ash Commission Uncertain After Court Decision

A plastic box contains coal ash.
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The commission overseeing North Carolina’s clean-up of coal ash around the state has canceled its upcoming meeting, because of a court decision that has called the group’s legitimacy into question.

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11:30 am
Wed March 11, 2015

State Charges Duke Energy Record Fine Over Coal Ash

Duke Energy's Sutton Plant, near Wilmington.
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North Carolina’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources has issued the largest fine in its history, against Duke Energy. The agency fined Duke $25 million for pollution from coal ash at its Sutton Lake coal plant, near Wilmington.

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9:56 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Hazy Regs Cloud Duke's Sulfur Emissions At Asheville Plant

Duke's Asheville Plant
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The Sierra Club has accused Duke Energy of allowing unsafe levels of sulfur into the air in Asheville. A study by the group shows Duke's Asheville coal plant exceeds federal limits. Duke says it's complying with all standards. Both could be right, because of a dispute between states and the federal government.

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6:54 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Duke And Feds To Settle About Coal Ash Spill

A broken pipe spilled at least 30,000 tons of coal ash into the Dan River on February 2, 2015.
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Federal prosecutors announced Friday evening they filed criminal charges against Duke Energy over last year’s massive coal ash spill into the Dan River. Minutes before that, Duke Energy announced the two parties had reached a settlement. WFAE’s Ben Bradford joined Weekend Edition host Duncan McFadyen to explain the ramifications.

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8:03 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Falling Earnings And A Coal Ash Settlement: Upbeat News For Duke Energy?

Duke Energy saw earnings fall last year, and it expects lower earnings than analysts have projected next year. Still, many on the company’s earnings call Wednesday were upbeat.

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6:43 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

New Purchase Puts Duke Energy In Rooftop Solar Business

An IKEA in Sweetwater, Florida uses a solar array installed by REC Solar.
Credit REC Solar

Duke Energy has expanded its investment in solar energy, and will enter a new facet of the industry: solar panels on the roofs of businesses.

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9:06 am
Wed February 4, 2015

Senate To Vote To Fix Coal Ash "Glitch"

The North Carolina Senate is moving to fix a problem with the state’s new Coal Ash Management Commission. Lawmakers created the commission last year to oversee clean-up and closure of Duke Energy’s coal ash ponds around the state, but an error in the bill has left the commission short on funds.

Three months after its first meeting, the Coal Ash Management Commission still doesn’t have the funds to hire half of its five-member staff, because of what commission chairman Michael Jacobs calls a “glitch” in the law.

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7:44 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

In South Carolina, Coal Ash Clean-Up Ahead Of Schedule

While North Carolina is ramping up to close coal ash ponds around the state, removal is already underway in South Carolina, and—at one site—ahead of schedule.

South Carolina electric utility Santee Cooper entered a settlement with environmental groups in 2013, to get its coal ash—which can contain arsenic and lead—out of storage ponds near public waters.

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3:41 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Fund Opens For Low-Income Duke Customers To Receive Energy Efficiency Upgrades

Lower-income customers of Duke Energy in North Carolina can now apply for energy-saving upgrades to their homes. A $20 million program funded by Duke Energy opened this week, the result of a deal Duke agreed to when it last raised rates.

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