Environment

Environment
9:45 am
Tue April 20, 2010

NC Voices: Tomorrow's Energy -- Smart Grid

Consert CEO Jack Roberts
Credit Jack Roberts

Leoneda Inge has the story of one smart grid pilot project in Fayetteville.

New businesses to help save the planet are popping up everyday.  As a result, your ability to do environmental good may be closer to your finger tips than you think.  Already, there are pockets of households and businesses in North Carolina that are able to control their heaters and air conditioners online or from their smart phones.  They're living on a Smart Grid - that's becoming smarter and smarter every day.

As part of our series North Carolina Voices: Tomorrow's Energy, reporter Leoneda Inge has the story of one smart grid pilot project in Fayetteville.

Environment
7:00 am
Tue April 20, 2010

Behind the Reporting: 'Tomorrow’s Energy'

A conversation with WUNC reporters Dave DeWitt, Leoneda Inge, Jessica Jones and Laura Leslie about what they took away from their reporting on North Carolina’s energy future.

If you’ve been tuned in to Morning Edition this past week or so, you’ve been hearing a series of reports about energy from WUNC’s reporters. The series, “North Carolina Voices: Tomorrow’s Energy,” addresses where North Carolinians currently get their power and where we’ll get it in the future. A lot of work goes into those six or seven-minute radio reports, which means a lot also gets left out. The melody of a coal-fired power plant and the sculptural beauty of a wind turbine are among the details of the reporting that didn’t make it on the air. On today’s show, we’ll talk with WUNC reporters Dave DeWitt, Leoneda Inge, Jessica Jones and Laura Leslie about what they took away from their reporting and what else is left to say about powering North Carolina’s future.

Environment
9:35 am
Mon April 19, 2010

Tomorrow's Energy: Energy Efficient

Durham Sustainability Mgr Tobin Freid
Credit Tobin Freid

Leoneda Inge has the story of how communities are working towards energy efficiency.

North Carolina has topped many lists in the past few years.  It's one of the fastest growing states and ranks high for its business climate.  But in energy efficiency, NC is wading somewhere in the middle of the pack nationwide.

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Environment
9:25 am
Fri April 16, 2010

Tomorrow's Energy: Campus Power

Dave DeWitt looks at how campuses are transforming to meet their future energy challenges.

Universities like UNC Chapel Hill, Duke, and NC State are among the largest electricity users in the state. Some produce their own power, some buy their electricity from utility companies. And all have student bodies that are vocal in their anxiety over global warming.

As part of our series North Carolina Voices: Tomorrow’s Energy, Dave DeWitt looks at how campuses are transforming to meet their future energy challenges.

Environment
9:15 am
Thu April 15, 2010

Tomorrow's Energy: Pricing Power

Power meter
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Laura Leslie reports on the complex process of pricing power.

Most energy consumers know what they pay for electricity.  But very few of us know why we pay what we do.  Who decides what a kilowatt should cost?  And how does energy policy change that?  In this segment of our series North Carolina Voices: Tomorrow’s Energy, Laura Leslie reports on the complex process of pricing power.

Environment
9:10 am
Wed April 14, 2010

Tomorrow's Energy: Going Nuclear

Dave DeWitt has the story of how nuclear may play into the state’s future.

Energy companies are predicting that the need for power will grow in North Carolina in the coming years. With climate legislation likely, they are turning back to an energy source that has been put on the back burner for several decades… nuclear.

In February, President Obama announced 8 billion dollars in loan guarantees for a Georgia utility company hoping to build new nuclear reactors. Progress Energy and Duke Energy both have plans to also build new nuclear to serve customers in North Carolina.

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The State of Things
7:30 am
Wed April 14, 2010

Drill in N.C., Baby, Drill

The White House unveiled a new and controversial plan to open up more than 160 million acres of ocean floor to drilling two weeks ago. Some states were omitted from the plan, but not North Carolina and its neighbors. We’ll find out why North Carolina politicians’ once vociferous opposition to offshore drilling seems to have fizzled. Plus, will the new drilling plan help land Obama a win on climate change legislation?

Environment
9:40 am
Tue April 13, 2010

Tomorrow's Energy: Quitting Coal

Skies over Cape Fear power station Plant, Moncure

Laura Leslie reports for our series North Carolina Voices, Tomorrow`s Energy.

Every time you hit the light switch, half the power you use is supplied by coal.  It's one of the cheapest and most dependable fuels we have.  It's also the dirtiest.  As regulators crack down on carbon and other emissions, some say we should stop using coal altogether.  Others aren't sure that's a realistic goal.  Laura Leslie reports for our series North Carolina Voices: Tomorrow's Energy.

Environment
9:35 am
Mon April 12, 2010

Tomorrow's Energy: Overview

Energy companies are predicting that the need for power will grow in North Carolina in the coming years. With climate legislation likely, they are turning back to an energy source that has been put on the back burner for several decade: nuclear.

In February, President Obama announced 8 billion dollars in loan guarantees for a Georgia utility company hoping to build new nuclear reactors. Progress Energy and Duke Energy both have plans to also build new nuclear to serve customers in North Carolina.

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