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Two Pipeline Expansion Projects in Appalachia Indicate a Rush Toward Overbuilding

Two Pipeline Expansion Projects in Appalachia Indicate a Rush Toward Overbuilding

Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast Pipelines Pose Risk to Ratepayers, Communities, and Investors

We’ve published a report today that concludes that two natural gas pipelines proposed for construction from West Virginia into Virginia and North Carolina are indicative of a rush toward industry overbuilding. The study, “Risks Associated With Natural Gas Pipeline Expansion Across Appalachia,” examines the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline, which would traverse West Virginia into eastern […]

April 27, 2016 Read More →
Memo- Duke Energy and Costs of Coal Ash Cleanup

Memo- Duke Energy and Costs of Coal Ash Cleanup

Memo on Duke Energy and Costs of Coal Ash Cleanup (pdf)

June 10, 2014 Read More →

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Carolina utility plans major investment in energy storage

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): Duke Energy Corp. plans to invest $500 million to add nearly 300 MW of battery storage to its portfolio in the Carolinas over the next 15 years. “Duke Energy is at the forefront of battery energy storage, and our investment could increase as we identify projects that deliver benefits to […]

October 10, 2018 Read More →

Florence undercuts coal, nuclear bailout plans

The Washington Post: Hurricane Florence has blown a hole in the Trump administration’s argument that bolstering nuclear and coal-fired power is essential to providing reliable electricity to homes and businesses, especially during times of crisis, according to energy experts long critical of the plan. For months, the Department of Energy has considered throwing a lifeline […]

September 18, 2018 Read More →

Duke Energy outlines coal phase-out plans

The Charlotte Observer: Duke Energy plans to close its seven North Carolina coal plants during the next 30 years, according to filings this week with state regulators. Those plans include calling for the Allen Steam Station, just outside of Charlotte in Gaston County, to close in 10 years, according to Duke. Coal plants like Allen […]

September 10, 2018 Read More →

‘Offshore wind ready to take off in the U.S.’

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): As of the end of 2017, European countries have installed a total of just under 16,000 MW of offshore wind. The United States has installed 30 MW. For a country that ranks second globally in onshore wind installations with roughly 89 GW, why is it that the US is so […]

August 7, 2018 Read More →

Coal ash cleanup could cost Duke’s N.C. customers $5 billion

Associated Press: A string of decisions by North Carolina regulators means electricity consumers could be seeing a multibillion-dollar bill to clean up mountains of waste Duke Energy created by spending decades burning coal to produce power. State utilities regulators late last month decided that both North Carolina divisions of the country’s No. 2 power company […]

July 9, 2018 Read More →

Advances in Electricity-Storage Technology

Utility Dive: 2017 could go down as the year regulated utilities took the lead in energy storage. Several of the most notable energy storage projects this year were done by or for regulated utilities. And that momentum will likely carry into 2018 as well, Tim Gretjak, an analyst at Lux Research, told Utility Dive. In […]

November 29, 2017 Read More →

The Economic Case for Solar, Not the Climate-Change Case, Is Driving Its Uptake Across the Southern U.S.

InsideClimate News: When Brandon Presley was elected to the Mississippi Public Service Commission in 2007, he said, he couldn’t have found a solar farm “with a SWAT team and a search warrant.” A decade later, Mississippi is one of the fastest-growing solar markets in the United States, according to GTM Research. The state’s public service […]

November 6, 2017 Read More →

On the Blogs: No Place for Partisanship in North Carolina Energy Transition

SoutheastEnergyNews.com: It is the reality of the world in which we live — Republicans and Democrats in the North Carolina General Assembly are often divided on complex social and economic issues. However, over 80 percent of legislation, including energy-related bills, are passed with strong bipartisan support. True, there have been some contentious debates over the […]

September 12, 2017 Read More →
IEEFA Update: Atlantic Coast Pipeline Risk Is Being Borne Not by Dominion and Duke, but by Their Customers

IEEFA Update: Atlantic Coast Pipeline Risk Is Being Borne Not by Dominion and Duke, but by Their Customers

Little Potential Corporate Loss on a Superfluous Project

Dominion Resources and Duke Energy say they need to build the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to meet rapidly growing demand for natural gas. But will the market really grow in the way that these utilities say that it will? The pipeline, announced in 2014 as a joint venture between Dominion, Duke, Piedmont Natural Gas and AGL […]

September 8, 2017 Read More →

Business and Community Groups Urge Development of Offshore Wind Projects in North Carolina

Coastal News Online (Newport, N.C.) In the wake of the General Assembly’s recent approval of a moratorium on onshore wind power projects, 50 elected officials, small businesses, community groups and environmental organizations have signed a letter to Gov. Roy Cooper calling on him to embrace offshore wind as a key part of North Carolina’s energy […]

August 10, 2017 Read More →