Duke Energy Asks for Coal Ash Cleanup Rate Hike in North Carolina

Duke Energy Asks for Coal Ash Cleanup Rate Hike in North Carolina

Duke Energy submitted a request to North Carolina regulators asking for a hike in electricity rates on Friday. If approved, commercial and industrial customers would see an average increase in rates of 10.9%, The Charlotte Observer reported. More than half of the increase would go … Read more…

How the 2017 Solar Eclipse Will Affect the US Electric Grid

How the 2017 Solar Eclipse Will Affect the US Electric Grid

Total solar eclipses have passed over the United States before. The last coast-to-coast one occurred in 1918. In March 1970, a total solar eclipse moved along the southeast coast and nine years later another plunged several northwestern states into darkness. The difference on August 21, … Read more…

Buncombe County, NC, Votes to Supplant Scrap Heap with Solar Farm, Deploy LED Lights in Schools

Buncombe County, NC, Votes to Supplant Scrap Heap with Solar Farm, Deploy LED Lights in Schools

In North Carolina, the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners has “seen the light” on sustainability – voting unanimously on March 7 to swap out 47,000 light fixtures in its school district with LED bulbs, to construct a 5-MW solar farm on 25 acres of local brownfield land, and to create a full-time staff position In to oversee local environmental efforts, according to a report by the nonprofit news service Carolina Public Press.

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