Energy/Environment

Local News
9:29 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Gas-Guzzling NASCAR Takes Green Initiatives To Heart

A pit crew member rolls containers of ethanol-blended fuel toward the racetrack.
Credit Michael Tomsic

When you think "environmentally friendly," NASCAR is probably not the first thing that comes to mind.

After all, burning fuel is a fundamental part of stock car racing. But NASCAR, like other pro sports, is trying to decrease its carbon footprint. Some of those initiatives will be on display at the Coca-Cola 600 this weekend at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.

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Local News
4:52 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

Duke To Close Asheville Coal Plant 15 Years Early

Duke's Asheville Coal Plant
Credit Duke Energy

Duke Energy will close one of its few remaining coal plants 15 years earlier than expected; the company says it will shutter its Asheville coal plant by 2019. Once done, Duke will have retired more than half of its coal units in the Carolinas since 2011.


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Local News
1:14 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Duke Pleads Guilty To Coal Ash Misconduct

Most of the water, and at least 30,000 tons of ash spilled out of this storage pond at Duke Energy's Dan River plant, leaving deep furrows in the remaining ash.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

Duke Energy has pleaded guilty to federal criminal charges for its handling of coal ash, which led to last year’s Dan River spill and violated the Clean Water Act around the state.


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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Wed May 13, 2015

Solar Energy In North Carolina

Strata Solar

  Solar energy has gone from a pipe dream to a boom industry in North Carolina.  This state put more solar online last year than every state other than California.  That growth came despite major restrictions that the legislature is looking into removing.  If they did, it would change the way solar companies make their money.  Right now, owners of rooftop solar can only sell power to the major utilities.  This bill would change that and we’ll explore both sides.

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Local News
8:11 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

Solar Protesters Heard Outside, And Inside, Duke's Annual Meeting

Credit Mike Linksvayer / Flickr

About forty protesters rallied outside Duke Energy’s headquarters, chanting “Up with solar, down with coal,” as shareholders left the annual meeting. The clash between environmental advocates and Duke Energy about solar energy and fossil fuels also extended inside the meeting, even the demonstrations.


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Local News
6:19 am
Wed May 6, 2015

NC Health Dept. Cautions Against Drinking From Wells Near Coal Ash

After a battery of tests on private drinking water wells near coal ash ponds around North Carolina, health officials have cautioned many residents against drinking from those wells. But officials are hesitant to draw a link between contaminants in the wells and the nearby coal ash ponds.


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Local News
2:14 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

Duke Feels The Effect Of Weather In Earnings

Duke's stock price as of 1:18 p.m. Friday.
Credit Google

Cold weather helped and drought hurt Duke Energy’s earnings this quarter. The company announced its results today, which included the effects of its settlement with federal prosecutors and a changing customer base.


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Local News
9:14 am
Thu April 30, 2015

One Fifth Of Duke's North Carolina Power Down For 'Outage Season'

Workers have removed the casing from a generator at Duke Energy's Marshall Steam Station, as well as the magnet inside which spins to create electricity.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

Duke Energy has taken about a fifth of the power it can generate off-line in North Carolina, as part of what the energy industry calls “outage season.”


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Local News
5:29 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Drinking Wells Show Coal Ash Contaminants

Eighty-seven homes near Duke Energy coal ash ponds around North Carolina have well-water contaminated with heavy metals, according to state environmental regulators. 

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Local News
2:55 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

McCrory, Kure Beach Commissioner Take Offshore Drilling Debate To Washington

The Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources is part of the House Committee on Natural Resources.
Credit naturalresources.house.gov

The debate over what offshore drilling would mean for North Carolina played out before a U.S. House subcommittee Wednesday. In the red corner, North Carolina's governor. In the blue corner, a commissioner from a small beach town.


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