Energy/Environment

Business
8:11 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

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

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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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Energy & Environment
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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Energy & Environment
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.
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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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Energy & Environment
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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Energy & Environment
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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Energy & Environment
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.
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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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Energy & Environment
11:19 am
Tue April 7, 2015

Solar Industry, Advocates Divided Over Rooftop Solar Bill

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North Carolina put more solar power online last year than any state other than California. But companies or homeowners wanting to put solar panels on their roofs face major restrictions. State lawmakers have introduced a bill to change that. It’s drawing opposition from Duke Energy, but also dividing solar advocates.


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Energy & Environment
11:44 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

NC Science Panel Revisits Sea Level Rise

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A state science panel predicts sea level could rise off the coast by an average of seven inches over the next 30 years. The report is the first from the science panel, since state lawmakers blocked an earlier version that predicted extreme effects.


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Energy & Environment
10:00 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Crowd-Sourced Weather Program Provides 'Hyper-Local' Data

The CoCoRaHS rain gauge.
Credit Henry Reges/ CoCoRaHS

There’s a network in the U.S. of thousands of volunteers who put a rain gauge in their yards and report the readings online every day---rain or shine.

This group’s mission is to provide hyper-local weather data to meteorologists, farmers, emergency managers and other government agencies. It’s called CoCoRaHS (pronounced ko-ko-RAZ). The name may sound more appropriate for a chocolatey breakfast cereal, but it stands for the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network. 

WFAE's Duncan McFadyen spoke to the state director of CoCoRaHS, David Glenn. He's a meteriologist for the National Weather Service in Newport, in the eastern part of North Carolina.


Business
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
Credit Courtesy of Duke Energy

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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