Energy/Environment

Local News
5:06 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Utilities Help Ready Sites For Industry

The speculative building in Rock Hill being bought by German automotive adhesive tape manufacturer Coroplast.
Credit Rock Hill Economic Development

The German automotive adhesive manufacturer Coroplast announced Tuesday that Rock Hill will be the site of its first U. S. plant. Over the next five years, the company plans to invest $12 million and create 150 jobs in York County, S. C. Economic development leaders say it takes a lot of work to recruit companies like Coroplast. And sometimes, utility companies step up to help. 


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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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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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Local News
10:11 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Duke Energy And State Draft Settlement In Coal Ash Lawsuit

Duke Energy has reached a tentative settlement with the state of North Carolina regarding lawsuits over leaks from its coal ash ponds in Asheville and on the Catawba River. 

The company has agreed to pay a $99,112 fine.  The consent order would require the company to determine the cause and the extent of those leaks into groundwater and into Mountain Island Lake, the source of Charlotte’s drinking water supply.  Susan Massengale with the NC Division of Water Quality says the proposed agreement lays out a timeline for Duke to do that. 

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Politics
10:14 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Senate Passes Rule On Fracking Fluid

The Senate has passed requirements for what gas companies must reveal about the chemical mix they pump into ground during hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The Senate overrode another state government group’s more stringent rule.


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Local News
10:08 am
Wed June 26, 2013

How A New Limit On Carbon Emissions Could Impact NC

Duke has opened two new coal plants this year, including the Cliffside Steam Station on the Rutherford/Cleveland County line two weeks ago.
Credit Duke Energy

President Obama plans to issue an executive order to limit carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants. Right now, there is no limit. It could change the mix of energy sources on which North Carolina relies. Coal provides the largest source of the state’s power, including 51 percent in 2011. But, burning coal emits the most carbon-dioxide of the major power sources, so it is most likely to be affected by the order. Other North Carolina businesses could stand to benefit by the scaling back of coal plants.


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Local News
9:06 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Lawsuit Against Duke Ash Ponds Is A Reversal For State

Riverbend Steam Station
Credit Duke Energy

A recently shuttered coal plant sits on the Catawba River in Gaston County, and state environmental officials say it’s seeping heavy metals precariously close to Charlotte’s water supply. This week, the N.C. Division of Water Quality added that coal plant to a lawsuit against Duke Energy—the plant’s owner. The state has had evidence of violations for two years, but declined to act until recently.


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Local News
9:59 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Hopes High But Progress Slow At Kannapolis Biotech Campus

A view of the North Carolina Research Campus from a window in the Core Laboratory building. After five years, the campus remains mostly unbuilt.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

When billionaire David Murdock opened the North Carolina Research Campus five years ago, his goal was to create a global biotechnology center in Kannapolis and to replace the thousands of jobs lost when Cannon Mills—formerly the city’s largest employer—closed. Murdock has poured upwards of $600 million into development of the NCRC, but today, there are only a handful of companies and few jobs compared to his sweeping vision. This week, Murdock donated another $50 million to the endeavor. Outside of Murdock’s millions, there are few signs of growth, but many are still betting on it.


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Politics
8:30 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Fracking Commission Delays Chemical Disclosure Rules

One of the most contentious questions about hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is what companies should be required to disclose about the mix of water and chemicals pumped into the ground during the process. 


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Local News
7:24 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Clean Energy Advocates Inundate Duke Energy Annual Meeting

Protesters begin to set up outside Duke Energy headquarters before the annual shareholder meeting.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

Duke Energy hosted its annual shareholder meeting in Uptown Thursday, one day before the company releases its first quarter earnings report. CEO Jim Rogers pronounced the company healthy and profitable, but the meeting was also a rare opportunity to berate the CEO.


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