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North Carolina Off to a Great Start to meet EPA's Clean Power Plan

June 8, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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North Carolina and New EPA Rules

For North Carolina, the new EPA rules require that the state reduce its CO2 emission rates from the electric sector by 40% between 2012 and 2030. NC is already is well under way to meeting these reductions due to policies that clean up power plants and increase generation from clean sources.[read more]

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Utility Scale Solar Energy: North Carolina's Emergent Success

February 27, 2014 by Clean Energy Leadership Institute

North Carolina Solar

North Carolina politics are always lively, and often paradoxical. The General Assembly has made the news several times this year for enacting some of the most controversial conservative policies in the country. Conversely, for the first time in 32 years, it went blue in the 2008 presidential election.[read more]

North Carolina Bill Would Require Coastal Communities To Ignore Global Warming Science

June 1, 2012 by Joseph Romm
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Some North Carolina GOP legislators want to stop the use of science to plan for the future. They are circulating a bill that would force coastal counties to ignore actual observations and the best science-based projections in planning for future sea level rise.King Canute thought he had the power to hold back the tide (in the...[read more]

Energy Efficiency Saves Carolinas' Utilities $

July 11, 2011 by John Wilson

People in the Southeast do want energy efficiency! We had no doubts, but it is great to see strong participation in the first full year of new efficiency programs offered by Progress Energy Carolinas (PEC) and Duke Energy Carolinas (DEC). Our analysis shows that both utilities achieved greater savings and spent less per kWh than they had...[read more]

Time to Sell That Ocean Front Property? New Study on Sea Level Rise

June 20, 2011 by Scott Edward Anderson

  Could Calvin Be Underwater?The rate of sea level rise along the U.S. Atlantic coast is greater now than at any time in the past 2,000 years, according to a new study published this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). The study suggests a consistent link between changes in global mean...[read more]

The differences between renewable energy and renewable power in North Carolina

October 12, 2010 by Michael Giberson

Under North Carolina’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard, poultry waste burned to boil water to generate steam to turn a turbine generating electricity will earn RECs which can be sold to electric utilities needing to meet the state’s new renewable energy standard. Also under the law, poultry waste burned to boil...[read more]

EPA Proposes Regulatory Options for Coal Ash

New Rules Would Provide Varying Levels of Protection for NC's Waterways An update from our friends at Appalachian Voices... The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency unveiled two options today to regulate coal ash waste from coal-fired power plants, amid concerns by environmental groups that one of the options would not be strong enough...[read more]

Preliminary results from an offshore wind farm/recreation survey in North Carolina

March 26, 2010 by John Whitehead
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Given current technology offshore wind turbines are feasible to a depth of 30 meters. New technology exists to site wind turbines to a depth of 50 meters while 100 meter technology is on the horizon. Considering this, offshore wind turbines are feasible from Cape Cod, Massachusetts to Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. The benefits and...[read more]

Siemens To Build Gas Turbine Plant In North Carolina

March 12, 2010 by Michael Davidson

Siemens will build a new 60Hz gas turbine production plant at its existing facility in Charlotte, North Carolina. The initial investment will be approximately $135m. All Siemens gas turbines for 60Hz markets such as North and South America, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, the Philippines and Japan will be produced in Charlotte. With the...[read more]

Siemens energy plan: Diversify

January 28, 2010 by Marc Gunther

When it comes to the energy, Randy Zwirn doesn’t play favorites. As CEO of the global energy service division of Siemens and president of Siemens Energy, Zwirn has a stake in the coal, nuclear, gas, wind and solar industries, as well as the smart grid and transmission business. Listen to the podcast: It’s a big stake, too. When...[read more]

Duke Announces Solar on Customer Rooftops

October 14, 2009 by John Wilson
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Want solar on your rooftop, but can’t afford to buy the panels yourself? If you’re a Duke Energy customer, you can sign up with your utility to install their solar panels on your rooftop. Duke Energy announced the selected sites of the first phase of its 10 megawatt, $50 million distributed solar photovoltaic (PV) program in North...[read more]

"May be the first wind turbines placed in water in the U.S."

October 7, 2009 by John Whitehead

Duke Energy, UNC plan wind turbines on the coast: Duke Energy and UNC Chapel Hill said today they have signed a contract to place one to three wind turbines in Pamlico Sound, possibly paving the way for utility-scale wind farms on the N.C. coast.The demonstration project, reported in The Observer last month, may be the first wind...[read more]

North Carolina Pilot Project Proves that Smart Meters Cut Back on Electricity Use

September 22, 2009 by Jack Mason

North Carolina Pilot Project Proves that Smart Meters Cut Back on Electricity Use | Sustainability | Fast Company Wirelessly-connected smart grids are often heralded as the solution to our electricity-devouring ways, and now an IBM pilot project in North Carolina has proven that a grid equipped with smart meters (digital meters that...[read more]

North Carolina Senate votes to limit mountaintop wind turbines

August 13, 2009 by Clifford Rohde

As reported in Green, Inc., at least one state legislature is wrestling head on with wind energy facility siting. [Postsctipt: Here's news on another state, Wisconsin state wind siting legislation developments, from Wind for Wisconsin] As reported, the North Carolina Senate voted overwhelmingly for Senate Bill 1068, which would limit...[read more]

Duke CEO – Nuclear is our future

August 5, 2009 by Dan Yurman
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Despite a gloomy economic outlook in its service area, the utility’s CEO is bullish on the future of nuclear energy Utility CEO’s are not known for exuberance, irrational or not, in talking about the future of an energy technology.  In fact, with the “prudent investor” paradigm motivating publically traded firms, a clarion call for...[read more]