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Every year, Duke Energy submits a plan to state regulators, showing how it will continue to supply power to the Carolinas over the next 15 years. It projects how the energy mix will change, what new power plants the company intends to build—how much will come from solar, wind, or coal. The most recent plan is out, and WFAE’s Ben Bradford joined All Things Considered Host Mark Rumsey for a quick survey of how Duke sees the energy landscape in 2029.


Charlotte will play host to two companies developing a new type of nuclear reactor. Oregon-based NuScale Power has announced it will open a new office in SouthPark and will hire 100 employees, after seeing an opportunity in the struggles of its Charlotte competitor.

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Charlotte-based Babcock and Wilcox received a big boost when the Energy Department agreed to be a partner in the company’s development of a new, small nuclear reactor. But the project has since hit some roadblocks.

Department of Energy

An agreement between the United States and Russia calls for disposal of 34 metric tons of weapons-grade plutonium from each country, enough to produce 17,000 nuclear weapons, according to the Department of Defense. But multi-billion dollar cost overruns at the South Carolina facility built for the disposal has the Obama administration seeking to put the project on hold.

After two and a half years of negotiations, just when it looked like Duke Energy would buy a portion of a new nuclear plant in South Carolina, the company announced it has cut off negotiations.

South Carolina Office of Regulatory Service

Construction on some of the first nuclear plants in decades has suffered delays but is recovering ground, regulators of the project say.  The two new reactors at the Virgil C. Summer Nuclear Station in Jenkinsville, South Carolina will take more than six months longer than projected, at a potential cost of $200 million. The regulators blame a new building process for the delays, but do not rule out ratepayers covering the cost.

Duke Energy's Store Sells Sort-Of-Free Lightbulbs

Nov 20, 2013
Duke Energy website

Duke Energy is offering free lightbulbs when you order them online. Well, almost free. You can order lightbulbs for up to 92 percent off the retail price. The company's efforts to promote energy efficiency helps their bottom line.

Nuclear Waste Meeting In Charlotte

Nov 4, 2013

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.

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.

There was optimism in the '90s that the end of the Cold War also meant the end of the threat of nuclear war and the fear of threats to America like the Cuban Missile Crisis. However, North Korea's nuclear ambitions of late bring back to mind just how dangerous a nuclear war could be, and makes the lessons of the Cuban Missile Crisis relevant even today. We'll be joined by a physicist and nuclear policy expert who will talk about our nuclear dangers today, how they compare with those from past decades and how we can protect ourselves, when Charlotte Talks.