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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

Duke Energy, pollution, divestment

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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NC: Duke Energy coal ash polluting water, fines may follow

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

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy is violating state pollution laws because its coal ash pits are polluting nearby waterways, North Carolina environmental regulators said Friday. Fines are being considered. The state Division of Water Resources sent letters to the country’s largest electric company accusing Duke Energy of violating state law by allowing wastewater to leak from coal ash basins ...

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North Carolina regulators size $1B Duke Energy gas plant impact

North Carolina regulators size $1B Duke Energy gas plant impact

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on North Carolina electricity regulators considering the costs of converting an Asheville power plant from burning coal to natural gas (all times local): 1 p.m. North Carolina electricity regulators are deliberating whether to allow a $1 billion Duke Energy conversion of an Asheville coal-burning power plant to burn cleaner natural gas. The North Carolina Utilities ...

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Fracking moratorium comes closer to fruition

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SANFORD — A two-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing — commonly known as fracking — in Lee County came one step closer to reality Monday evening as the Lee County Board of Commissioners voted in favor of it after a heated exchange involving two board members. Following a public hearing, the commissioners voted 5-2 on the first reading of the moratorium, ...

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Resistance on the land: Natural gas pipeline plans opposed

ROCKY MOUNT, Va. (AP) — Carolyn and Ian Reilly and their four children left Florida’s sprawl in 2010 to farm 58 acres in rural Virginia, raising beef cattle, chicken and hogs. Then a year ago, they learned a natural gas pipeline would slice through part of their farm and their lives took another dramatic turn. They’ve shooed pipeline surveyors from ...

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NC State Sen. Bob Rucho won’t run for re-election

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MATTHEWS, N.C. (AP) — A leading Republican proponent of overhauling North Carolina’s tax system and opening the state to fracking announced Thursday he won’t seek re-election next year. Sen. Bob Rucho, R-Mecklenburg, said he’s largely completed all that he set out to do in the legislature. Rucho, 66, plans to serve out the remainder of his two-year term, and said ...

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Big northwestern Pennsylvania employer warns of layoffs

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — One of the largest employers in northwestern Pennsylvania says it’ll reduce its workforce through retirements and layoffs. The Erie Times-News reports that Lord Corp. isn’t saying yet how many jobs will be cut or where. The North Carolina-headquartered conglomerate produces materials for industries including aerospace and oil and gas production. It employs about 3,000 worldwide. But ...

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North Carolina legislation answers local fracking moratoria

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The last bill the North Carolina General Assembly approved before adjourning this year was designed to stop local governments from trying to delay or restrict fracking in their own backyards. Last week’s legislation, inserted into a 41-page “technical corrections” bill approved in the middle of the night and that Gov. Pat McCrory later signed, is supposed ...

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Law bars local fracking regulations

Before adjourning their session last week, North Carolina lawmakers passed a law prohibiting towns, cities and counties from adopting any regulations or ordinances on natural gas drilling or the controversial practice commonly known as fracking. The provision was added to Senate Bill 119, which was adopted Wednesday and signed into law Thursday by Republican Gov. Pat McCrory. The provision appears ...

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