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Duke Energy seeking bids for renewable energy projects

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy Carolinas is seeking 750,000 megawatt-hours of renewable energy to help the company meet a 2007 North Carolina law. The Charlotte-based utility is requesting bids from solar, wind, biomass, landfill gas and other facilities that qualify as a renewable energy resource, excluding swine and poultry waste. A state law requires the company to generate 12.5 ...

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NC regulator OKs Duke Energy-Piedmont Natural Gas merger

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina regulators are allowing Duke Energy to expand from being the country’s largest electricity company to selling natural gas. Duke Energy Corp. said in a statement Thursday that the North Carolina Utilities Commission has allowed its acquisition of Piedmont Natural Gas Co. The regulatory approval is the last needed for the deal. The transaction is ...

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Pollution woes prompt pension fund to dump Duke Energy stock

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — One of the world’s largest investment funds is dumping its shares in Duke Energy Corp. because it sees too much risk in what it called the largest U.S. electric company’s history of environmental damage. The decision to bar investments in Charlotte, North Carolina-based Duke Energy was announced Wednesday by the arm of Norway’s central bank that ...

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Duke Energy, NC agency disputing fine for coal ash pollution

A sample of the coal ash gathered from a river impacted by Duke Energy. (Image: Waterkeeper Alliance Inc. via Flickr)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) €” The nation’s largest electric company is negotiating with North Carolina’s environment agency over a $6.6 million fine to punish Duke Energy for a big spill of liquefied coal ash. Attorneys for both sides said delaying Monday’s scheduled hearing may help resolve the disputed fine for polluting the Dan River in 2014. Duke Energy Corp. has called ...

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Duke Energy: $1.5M to electric-vehicle sites in lawsuit deal

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy is ready to spend $1.5 million to expand the number of electric-vehicle charging stations around North Carolina as part of a deal settling claims of illicit smokestack pollution. The country’s largest electric company is announcing Tuesday that it will make $1 million available to cities and towns wanting to install public charging stations for ...

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Cincinnati opposing proposed natural gas pipeline

BLUE ASH, Ohio (AP) — Cincinnati is opposing proposals to build a 12-mile natural gas pipeline that would replace an existing line that has been in place since the 1950s. Duke Energy met with residents in a Cincinnati suburb Wednesday to answer questions about the company’s pipeline proposals in Hamilton County. The energy company says a study found the existing ...

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Duke Energy signs 2nd deal to get electricity from pig waste

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy Corp. is taking a second step into pig poop. The country’s largest electric company is announcing a deal Tuesday to collect methane gas from animal waste and convert it into fuel for two of its existing electricity plants. The Charlotte-based utility said its 15-year deal with Wilmington-based Optima KV should capture enough methane to ...

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Regulators: Coal ash to be moved from North Carolina pits

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — All coal-ash pits in North Carolina maintained by Duke Energy power plants pose enough of an environmental risk that they should be excavated and moved by 2024, state environmental regulators said Wednesday. But the state Department of Environmental Quality said it’s asking for a change in state law that would allow it to reconsider its risk ...

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Mickey Mouse-shaped solar facility unveiled at Disney World

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — It’s only fitting that solar panels that will help with the power needs of Walt Disney World are shaped like the famous ears of the mouse that started the Disney enterprise. Officials with Disney World, Duke Energy and Disney’s private government on Tuesday flipped on the switch to a Mickey Mouse-shaped solar facility located ...

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Duke Energy signs deal to turn pig poop into electricity

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — As one of the nation’s largest power providers, Duke Energy has invested large sums in whirring turbines and high tech solar projects. On Monday it announced a new excrement-to-energy project that could provide power to about 10,000 homes a year. The utility is partnering with Carbon Cycle Energy, which will build a North Carolina facility to ...

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