Renewable Energy http://wunc.org en EPA's New Carbon Emission Changes; What They Mean For North Carolina http://wunc.org/post/epas-new-carbon-emission-changes-what-they-mean-north-carolina <p></p><p>The EPA proposed sweeping changes to the country's carbon emission regulations. The coal is to cut carbon pollution by 30% by 2030 - relying more heavily on renewable energy sources to generate electricity.</p><p>Jonas Monast is the <a href="http://nicholasinstitute.duke.edu/about/people/jonas-monast">Director of the Climate and Energy Program at Duke University's Nicholas Institute.</a> He says that North Carolina is well positioned for the changes that will be required.</p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 02:28:39 +0000 Phoebe Judge 36665 at http://wunc.org EPA's New Carbon Emission Changes; What They Mean For North Carolina NC GreenPower Celebrates 10 Years Of Increasing Access To Renewable Energy http://wunc.org/post/nc-greenpower-celebrates-10-years-increasing-access-renewable-energy <p></p><p>Renewable energy generators have channeled hundreds of millions of kilowatt hours into the North Carolina power grid. That's since the NC GreenPower program was founded 10 years ago.</p><p>The initiative collects donations from companies, citizens and utility customers to buy renewable energy and diversify the state's power grid.</p><p></p><p>NC Solar Center Director Steve Kalland is on the board for NC GreenPower. He said the program has also helped utilities warm up to renewable power providers.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 13:35:40 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 29563 at http://wunc.org NC GreenPower Celebrates 10 Years Of Increasing Access To Renewable Energy "Solarize Raleigh" Could Make Solar Power More Affordable http://wunc.org/post/solarize-raleigh-could-make-solar-power-more-affordable <p>Raleigh might soon have a group-purchasing program that would make it cheaper for residents to install solar panels on their homes. North Carolina Solar Center Director Steve Kalland&nbsp; says solar power is popular among state utilities. They save money buying the costly technology in bulk. Kalland says homeowners are also interested in using cheaper, greener energy.<br /><br />"The opportunity to do this has been somewhat constrained in North Carolina because the cost of these smaller-scale projects is somewhat higher than the large-scale projects," Kalland says.<br /> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 26239 at http://wunc.org "Solarize Raleigh" Could Make Solar Power More Affordable Duke Energy Offers Renewable Energy Option To Big Customers http://wunc.org/post/duke-energy-offers-renewable-energy-option-big-customers <p></p><p>Duke Energy is introducing a program to provide its largest customers with renewable power.&nbsp;&nbsp; The utility's 'Green Source Rider' initiative would give companies that use large amounts of power an option to use renewable energy in their new or expanded facilities.</p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 13:59:58 +0000 Gurnal Scott 26020 at http://wunc.org Duke Energy Offers Renewable Energy Option To Big Customers Why Legislators Are Changing State Environmental Policy http://wunc.org/post/why-legislators-are-changing-state-environmental-policy <p>A variety of measures aimed at weakening environmental protections are making their way through the General Assembly. One would limit environmental regulations while another would repeal a six-year-old renewable energy policy. Meanwhile, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources is changing its mission statement to reflect an emphasis on customer service, a move some call anti-science.</p> Tue, 07 May 2013 14:06:16 +0000 Alex Granados & Frank Stasio 14922 at http://wunc.org Why Legislators Are Changing State Environmental Policy Bill To Repeal NC Renewables Program Makes A Slow Comeback http://wunc.org/post/bill-repeal-nc-renewables-program-makes-slow-comeback <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The North Carolina Renewables Program, instated in 2007, requires utility companies to produce a percentage of sales from efficiency efforts or renewable sources. The program has since pushed North Carolina up in solar farm research and also created jobs during a recession. Efforts to repeal the program have recently been introduced to the House and Senate, claiming that the programs will have a negative impact on the economy. <a href="https://twitter.com/johnmurawski"> Thu, 02 May 2013 15:57:42 +0000 Nicole Campbell & Frank Stasio 14684 at http://wunc.org Paddling For Renewable Energy On The OBX http://wunc.org/post/paddling-renewable-energy-obx <p><img alt="" src="file:///C:/DOCUME%7E1/cartb1/LOCALS%7E1/Temp/moz-screenshot.png">A renewable energy company says it's testing a prototype that could produce energy from ocean waves near the Outer Banks.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Boston-based Resolute Marine Energy says it tested the equipment for two months off the coast of Duck this winter.&nbsp; Engineer Cliff Goudey says the device has a large piece of fiberglass that waves back and forth like a barn door.<br><br>"It sits out on the bottom offshore just outside the breaking wave zone," Goudey says.</p> Mon, 08 Apr 2013 11:46:05 +0000 Will Michaels 13297 at http://wunc.org Paddling For Renewable Energy On The OBX Two NC Solar Projects Go Online http://wunc.org/post/two-nc-solar-projects-go-online <p></p><p>Mt. Airy is now the site of a 1.2 megawatt solar farm capable of producing power to the equivalent of about 150 homes per year. John Morrison is Chief Operating Oficer for Chapel Hill-based Strata Solar.<br> Fri, 07 Oct 2011 23:09:00 +0000 Jeremy Loeb 7370 at http://wunc.org Two NC Solar Projects Go Online Solar Conference Comes to Raleigh http://wunc.org/post/solar-conference-comes-raleigh <p></p><p>Experts on solar energy are converging in Raleigh today for a conference designed to help expand the development of new technology. Siemens Industry is partnering with the <span class="link-external"><a href="http://www.ncsc.ncsu.edu/about.php" target="_blank">North Carolina Solar Center</a></span> for "Solar Exchange East" at North Carolina State University. Stephen Kalland is Executive Director for the North Carolina Solar Center. He says the conference will cover a number of issues.<br> Wed, 21 Sep 2011 10:15:00 +0000 Jeremy Loeb 7431 at http://wunc.org Solar Conference Comes to Raleigh Wind Farm Proposed for Beaufort County http://wunc.org/post/wind-farm-proposed-beaufort-county <p>A utility based in Chicago is proposing an 80-megawatt wind farm in eastern North Carolina. The company Invenergy sent an application to state officials last week for a facility with 49 turbines at a site in Beaufort County. Jay Lucas is an engineer with the state Utilities Commission. He says an 80-megawatt farm could power 20,000 homes, depending on wind capacity.<br> Tue, 06 Sep 2011 19:10:00 +0000 Will Michaels 7506 at http://wunc.org