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Local News
5:01 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Nuclear Waste Meeting In Charlotte

Spent nuclear fuel rods are often stored in large pools of water.
nrc.gov

Nearly half of our electricity in the Carolinas comes from nuclear plants, which produce enough radioactive waste to rank North and South Carolina among the top five states with the most spent fuel. On Monday night, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission will hold a public meeting in Charlotte to take comments on its latest plan for handling that waste.


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Science & Environment
3:56 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Court Orders EPA To Review Coal Ash Regulations

A federal judge has ordered the EPA to decide whether the byproduct from burning coal is a hazardous material that must be regulated. That decision will have big implications for North Carolina.


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Science & Environment
3:45 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Contaminated Asheville Well Fuels Coal Ash Debate

Satellite view of the Asheville Plant and the French Broad River (left).
Credit Google Earth

State water regulators have identified a well near Asheville with contaminated drinking water and have indicated it likely comes from waste leaking from a Duke Energy coal plant. At the same time, the state and environmental organizations are caught up in a lawsuit with Duke over exactly this issue—coal plants contaminating groundwater and rivers, including in the Asheville and Charlotte regions. 

WFAE’s Ben Bradford joined Morning Edition host Kevin Kniestedt to unpack what the one contaminated well signifies for Duke, the state, environmentalists, and water drinkers around North Carolina.

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Local News
9:44 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Duke Plans Minimal Increase To Renewable Energy Over 15 Years

Duke's projected breakdown of energy capacity by fuel type in 2014 and 2028. This is the company's "base case," without changes in existing regulations.
Credit North Carolina Utilities Commission

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.

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.

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Science & Environment
10:42 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

State Releases Final Proposed Coal Ash Settlement With Duke

The Riverbend Steam Station
Credit Duke Energy

State water regulators and Duke Energy want to wrap up a lawsuit over possible contamination to rivers that feed water supplies for Asheville and Charlotte. The state released a final proposed settlement Tuesday, but environmental groups say it lacks teeth.

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Local News
1:29 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

5% Rate Increase Approved For Duke Energy NC

Duke's new Dan River natural gas plant in Eden, NC.
Duke Energy

Electric bills for the average residential Duke Energy customer in North Carolina are going up by about $7.50 a month, under a rate increase approved by state regulators.  The company originally asked for a nearly 12 percent rate hike for residential customers, but settled for a boost of just over five percent that will be phased in over the next three years.

Duke Energy's justification for this rate increase is the same as it has been for the last two. 

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Local News
5:07 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Duke's Most Efficient Plant Not Efficient Enough For EPA Rule

An infographic of the Edwardsport plant's coal gasification process. Duke calls the Edwardsport plant one of the most efficient in the world, but it still emits carbon at a level that exceeds the new EPA rule.
Credit Duke Energy

Duke’s Edwardsport plant in Indiana is a “coal gasification” plant, meaning the coal gets turned into a gas and some of the pollutants get filtered out, before moving into the turbine.  Company spokesman Chad Eaton says it is the most efficient coal plant in the country, since opening this summer. But, even it would surpass the limit the EPA announced today on the amount of emissions new coal power plants will be able to release.

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Local News
9:31 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Duke CEO: No More Rate Increases For Several Years

Lynn Good has been CEO of Duke Energy since July 1, 2013.
Credit Duke Energy

In the coming month, Duke Energy hopes to get regulatory approval to raise rates in North Carolina by about five percent and in South Carolina just over eight percent. WFAE's Julie Rose sat down with Duke CEO Lynn Good yesterday to talk about what comes next.


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Local News
1:39 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Duke Earnings Drag In Second Quarter

Charlotte-based Duke Energy's 2Q earnings per share fell 50 percent compared to 2012.

A lackluster earnings report from Duke Energy out today is evidence the company's year-old merger with Progress continues to be a mixed bag for the bottom line.


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Business
9:34 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Duke Energy Cancels Planned Florida Nuclear Site

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.


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