Electricity http://wunc.org en NC WARN And The John Locke Foundation Team Up For Electricity Competition http://wunc.org/post/nc-warn-and-john-locke-foundation-team-electricity-competition <div style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 13px; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><a href="http://www.ncwarn.org/">NC WARN</a>, a progressive environmental non-profit, is teaming up with an unlikely partner: the <a href="http://www.johnlocke.org/">John Locke Foundation</a>. The two organizations share a desire to increase competition in the power industry and challenge Duke Energy's monopoly on electricity in the state.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 13px; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 13px; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"></div><p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 16:31:51 +0000 Meghan Modafferi & Frank Stasio 31128 at http://wunc.org NC WARN And The John Locke Foundation Team Up For Electricity Competition "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 Group Says 'Cogeneration' Could Save Energy http://wunc.org/post/group-says-cogeneration-could-save-energy <p></p><p>Energy watchdog group <a href="http://www.ncwarn.org/">NC WARN</a> is asking state utilities commissioners to look at an alternative way for companies to generate electrical power.&nbsp; NC WARN sent a<a href="http://www.ncwarn.org/2013/02/duke-energy-monopoly-must-use-wasted-resource-instead-of-building-power-plants-says-watchdog-group-news-release-from-nc-warn/"> report </a>to commissioners outlining a process called "<a href="http://www.epa.gov/chp/basic/index.html">cogeneration</a>” that allows businesses to use an on-site turbine to generate electricity and capture escaping heat.&nbsp; The group's report says doing that can drop the rate of wasted energy from 55 percent to as low as 20 percent. Thu, 07 Feb 2013 15:50:29 +0000 Gurnal Scott 9811 at http://wunc.org Group Says 'Cogeneration' Could Save Energy Power Companies Won't Meet Pig Poop Electricity Mandate http://wunc.org/post/power-companies-wont-meet-pig-poop-electricity-mandate <p>Back in 2007, North Carolina passed the first renewable energy mandate in the Southeast. The new rules say that by the end of this year at least three percent of all electricity needs to come from green sources. The power companies say they'll easily meet that, but they're going to come up short on two fronts. The law includes a provision for electricity from poultry waste and hog manure. The utilities say they can't meet either one of those terms.<br><br><strong>Asma Khalid:</strong> The mandate dictates that by the end of 2012, .07 percent of electricity needs to come from pig poop. Wed, 20 Jun 2012 10:10:00 +0000 Asma Khalid 2308 at http://wunc.org Power Companies Won't Meet Pig Poop Electricity Mandate