NC Voices: Tomorrow's Energy en NC Voices: Tomorrow's Energy Special <p>Eric Hodge hosts a one-hour digest of the Energy Series stories that aired April 12-23, 2010 .</p> Fri, 30 Apr 2010 20:00:00 +0000 David Brower & Eric Hodge 17071 at NC Voices: Tomorrow's Energy -- Wind Power <p>North Carolina could get most of the energy it needs as a state from renewable sources including solar and wind. That's according to a report published earlier this year by the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research. But when it comes to producing wind energy that goes back into the grid, North Carolina is behind other states. In fact, there is only one utility-grade wind turbine in all of North Carolina. Jessica Jones reports for our series, North Carolina Voices:&nbsp; Tomorrow's Energy. Thu, 22 Apr 2010 13:00:00 +0000 Jessica Jones 17073 at NC Voices: Tomorrow's Energy -- Wind Power NC Voices: Tomorrow's Energy -- Solar Power <p>Over the last three years, North Carolina has seen exponential growth in the use of solar power- from a few panels on homeowners' roofs to heat hot water to large installations that produce energy and send it right back into the grid. Small business owners working in the industry believe what they're doing is good for the state and for the environment. But right now, their prospects are limited. Jessica Jones reports for our series North Carolina Voices: Tomorrow's Energy. Wed, 21 Apr 2010 13:00:00 +0000 Jessica Jones 17072 at NC Voices: Tomorrow's Energy -- Solar Power NC Voices: Tomorrow's Energy -- Smart Grid <p>New businesses to help save the planet are popping up everyday.&nbsp; As a result, your ability to do environmental good may be closer to your finger tips than you think.&nbsp; 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.&nbsp; They're living on a Smart Grid - that's becoming smarter and smarter every day.</p><p>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. Tue, 20 Apr 2010 13:45:00 +0000 Leoneda Inge 17074 at NC Voices: Tomorrow's Energy -- Smart Grid Behind the Reporting: 'Tomorrow’s Energy' <p>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. Tue, 20 Apr 2010 11:00:00 +0000 Frank Stasio & Katy Barron 17170 at Tomorrow's Energy: Energy Efficient <p>North Carolina has topped many lists in the past few years.&nbsp; It's one of the fastest growing states and ranks high for its business climate.&nbsp; But in energy efficiency, NC is wading somewhere in the middle of the pack nationwide. Mon, 19 Apr 2010 13:35:00 +0000 Leoneda Inge 17069 at Tomorrow's Energy: Energy Efficient Tomorrow's Energy: Campus Power <p>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.</p><p>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. Fri, 16 Apr 2010 13:25:00 +0000 Dave DeWitt 17070 at Tomorrow's Energy: Pricing Power <p>Most energy consumers know <span style="font-style: italic;">what </span>they pay for electricity.&nbsp; But very few of us know <span style="font-style: italic;">why </span>we pay what we do.&nbsp; Who decides what a kilowatt should cost?&nbsp; And how does energy policy change that?&nbsp; In this segment of our series North Carolina Voices: Tomorrow’s Energy, Laura Leslie reports on the complex process of pricing power. Thu, 15 Apr 2010 13:15:00 +0000 Laura Leslie 17065 at Tomorrow's Energy: Pricing Power Tomorrow's Energy: Going Nuclear <p>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.</p><p>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. Wed, 14 Apr 2010 13:10:00 +0000 Dave DeWitt 17075 at Drill in N.C., Baby, Drill <p>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?</p> Wed, 14 Apr 2010 11:30:00 +0000 Frank Stasio & Katy Barron 17169 at