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Quick Take - Duke Lineworker Explores the Heights of Energy Creativity

Atop North Carolina’s Mount Sterling is the height of energy innovation. Power. Ample, clean power, with no power lines. A Duke Energy lineworker came up with the idea. Jeff Fisher, who has spent 34 years taking care of customers in western…

Duke Energy to Re-license Nuclear Plants

Some nuclear plants in the Carolinas will apply for second license extensions as one part of an overall strategy to lower carbon emissions. Duke Energy’s new release: “'Our nuclear power plants have safely and reliably provided electricity…
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Labor Day Salute to the Carolina Energy Network

The energy industry in the Carolinas is about a lot more than utility workers. A lot more. There are people making products and providing services not only for the Carolinas, but around the world. That's good because their work provides…
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Labor Day Salute to Carolina Utility Workers

Plugging in an appliance is a simple thing, but getting the power to your plug takes many people. So this Labor Day Energy Consumers of the Carolinas tips its hat to a few people who represent the hard work of so may people in the energy…

“Coal is clearly on the ropes”

Coal still is a significant chunk of the U.S. electric power pie. That is changing at light-speed for the utility business. Several recent figures mark the decline of coal: Fewer than ten percent of coal plants were built from the 1990s…
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Renew Our Pledge for Energy Independence

Energy independence has typically meant weaning our nation off oil supplies from other countries. Energy is much more than oil, though. It is electricity, more and more. On this July 4 what energy freedoms are reasonable to desire in…
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QUICK TAKE - NC Clean Energy Planning - Can You Hear Me Now?

Some people in North Carolina are working on a clean energy plan. That is laudable. Diverse options in energy should be considered in a plan, and considered in an objective, nonpolitical process. Something with regular public updates, and…

What is Renewable Natural Gas?

Turns out there are two kinds of natural gas. One is from the ground. Petroleum exploration and production companies drill and find it in rock formations. The other is from, well, something else. It is called renewable natural gas (RNG)…

Nuclear Energy and the Future

Nuclear power should be part of our carbon-free energy future. Construction problems and delays should not define nuclear energy’s science or its potential to meet important climate challenges. Existing nuclear plants are a low-cost…

Do Light Bulbs Really Make a Difference? Yes!

Light bulbs, small as they are, make for big energy savings. New light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs use some 80 percent less electricity than old incandescent bulbs. LEDs are more efficient to the point that they helped US electric usage flatten…