Energy & Environment
5:57 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Duke Projects Next 15 Years Of Power

Credit Duke Energy/Flickr

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.

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Local News
10:44 pm
Sat May 10, 2014

Babcock & Wilcox Struggles Prompt Nuclear Reactor Competitor To Open Charlotte Office

A one-third scale test model of the reactor runs on electricity, not nuclear power, at Oregon State University.
Credit NuScale

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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Local News
3:02 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Factory-Built Nuclear Reactor Development Slows

The exterior of the Lynchburg, Virginia lab where Babcock and Wilcox is testing its prototype small modular reactor.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

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.

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Local News
3:34 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

President's Budget Halts Overbudget SC Nuclear Program

Early construction of the MOX facility at the Savannah River Site, in Aiken, S.C.
Credit 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.

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Local News
5:28 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Duke Ends Attempt To Buy Share Of SC Nuclear Plant

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.

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Science & Environment
5:00 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Factory Delays Push Back Construction At SC Nuclear Plant

The construction site at the V.C. Summer nuclear plant in Jenkinsville, S.C. in August, 2013.
Credit 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.

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5:17 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

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

The Duke Energy Savings Store is selling highly discounted LED and CFL lightbulbs.
Credit 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.

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Local News
5:01 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Nuclear Waste Meeting In Charlotte

Spent nuclear fuel rods are often stored in large pools of water.

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.

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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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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue June 18, 2013

50 Years After The Cuban Missile Crisis: Nuclear Dangers Today

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.

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