Energy/Environment

Local News
9:56 am
Mon November 17, 2014

EPA Could Force Rethink Of NC Coal Ash Work

In Tennessee, work to remove ash from storage ponds at the Kingston Fossil Plant took years. The failure of the Kingston ponds spurred the EPA to begin writing rules for coal ash handling.
Credit Appalachian Voices

North Carolina lawmakers, regulators, and media have spent nine months considering what to do about coal ash, but an upcoming federal rule could nullify much of the planned clean-up.


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Local News
6:24 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Fracking Clears Penultimate Hurdle In North Carolina

A drilling rig in Colorado
Credit Jeff Foster / Flickr

North Carolina is now one step away from legalizing fracking. A state commission has spent the past two years writing a broad set of rules to cover how fracking will work in the state. The commission passed those rules Friday evening. WFAE’s Ben Bradford joined Duncan McFadyen to discuss.


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Local News
9:09 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Rules For Fracking In NC Up For Vote

A well for fracking
Credit Wikimedia Commons

The controversial oil and gas extraction process known as fracking could take its second-to-last step toward legalization in North Carolina on Friday. A state body meets at 9 a.m. to finalize the rules that will govern fracking.


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Local News
8:59 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Duke Plans To Use Coal Ash To Fill Old Mines

Duke Energy has five years to remove the four million tons of coal ash at the Riverbend Steam Station, which lies next to Mountain Island Lake.
Credit Mark Rumsey / WFAE

Duke Energy has proposed moving millions of tons of coal ash from waste ponds and using it to fill in old mines. So far, the plan has drawn support from frequent adversaries of the utility.

Duke says it has the perfect place to put about three million tons of ash: in old clay mines in Moncure and Sanford, a few dozen miles southwest of Raleigh. Right now, they are just open pits says Duke Energy spokeswoman Jennifer Jabon.

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Local News
6:36 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Charlotte Developers Win Extra 3-Year Opt-Out Of Stormwater Pollution Requirements

Stormwater flows from a pipe directly into a river.
Credit City of Charlotte

Most construction in Charlotte for the next three years will not have to include environmental protections against one of the state’s biggest sources of water pollution—stormwater.


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Local News
6:00 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Duke Energy Redoing First Step In Coal Ash Clean-Up

Part of a coal ash pond at the Riverbend Steam Station, which sits next to Mountain Island Lake.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

North Carolina environmental regulators have ordered Duke Energy to redo the first step in the process of cleaning up its coal ash ponds around the state. The company has to measure contamination from the ponds, and state regulators say their plans to do so are inadequate.

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Local News
5:02 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Energy Company Has Big Plans For Former Philip Morris Site in Concord

Alevo introduces its GridBank power storage system, October 28, 2014, in Concord, N.C.
Credit Duncan McFadyen

A new company says it will turn the former Philip Morris plant in Concord into a high tech manufacturing facility. Executives from Alevo made the announcement Tuesday. They will use the space to build large-scale battery arrays that, they say, will “redefine energy.”

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Local News
6:15 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Duke Will Continue To Pass On Savings From Tax Cut

Credit Duke Energy/Flickr

North Carolina utilities are paying less in taxes to due to the legislature’s tax overhaul last year. The NC Utilities Commission says companies no longer have to pass on those savings to customers but Duke Energy still plans to.

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Local News
9:34 am
Fri October 3, 2014

NC Utilities Give Glimpse Of Opposition To U.S. Carbon Rule

Duke Energy's Buck coal plant in Rowan County
Credit Duke Energy

Opposition is already shaping up to the Environmental Protection Agency rule that, if enacted, would be the first to limit how much carbon the nation’s existing power plants can emit into the air. At the Making Energy Work conference in Uptown Charlotte on Thursday, North Carolina utilities gave an early glimpse of the grounds on which they oppose the rule.

“We’re not sure that it can be implemented as written,” Duke Energy senior vice president Dwight Jacobs said during a panel discussion at the event.

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Local News
9:40 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Charlotte Company Hopes To Lead Electric Truck Revolution

A prototype of EV Fleet's Condor, which the company demonstrated during a demo day. The truck bed's paint will match the rest of the car in final versions, the company says.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

Electric cars were largely novelties until Tesla introduced its Roadster in 2008. Now, a few small start-ups are trying to repeat Tesla’s success in another sector of the electric vehicle industry. They’re building trucks, hoping to sell them en masse to government and business fleets.


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