Utilities http://wunc.org en Power Companies Are Bracing For Ice, Outages http://wunc.org/post/power-companies-are-bracing-ice-outages <p></p><p></p><p>While the state transportation department is already out salting roads, utility companies are closely monitoring the weather forecast today.</p><p></p><p>National Weather Service Meteorologist Ryan Ellis said light snow is likely this afternoon, getting heavy tomorrow into Thursday. By tomorrow afternoon, he said, ice will coat much of the state.</p><p></p><p>Jane Pritchard is a spokeswoman for the North Carolina Association of Electric Cooperatives. She said it would take a heavy snowfall to mess with power lines, but just a half-inch of ice can do a lot of damage.</p><p></p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 15:50:10 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 30378 at http://wunc.org Power Companies Are Bracing For Ice, Outages 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 Water Companies Push To Eliminate Some Public Hearings In Rate Cases http://wunc.org/post/water-companies-push-eliminate-some-public-hearings-rate-cases <p></p><p>The state Utilities Commission is considering a proposal that would allow private water companies to raise rates in some cases without public hearings.&nbsp;</p><p>Under the new rule, utilities could implement rate hikes several times a year without public input, as long as they do not amount to an increase of more than 5 percent.&nbsp;</p><p>State lawmakers passed the new rule without opposition last session, but the Utilities Commission has to decide if it's in the public's interest before it goes into effect.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 14:34:48 +0000 Will Michaels 26161 at http://wunc.org Water Companies Push To Eliminate Some Public Hearings In Rate Cases Aqua NC To File For Another Rate Increase http://wunc.org/post/aqua-nc-file-another-rate-increase <p>The private water utility <a href="https://www.aquaamerica.com/our-states/north-carolina.aspx">Aqua North Carolina</a> says it plans to file for its third rate increase in five years.&nbsp; The company notified the state Utilities Commission last week that it will file a formal request in August.&nbsp; It's not yet clear how much Aqua will ask to raise its rates.&nbsp; The company last requested an increase of 19 percent in 2011, and the Utilities Commission approved an increase of about 5 percent. Wed, 10 Jul 2013 21:50:36 +0000 Will Michaels 18725 at http://wunc.org Aqua NC To File For Another Rate Increase House Lawmakers Pass Controversial Development Bill http://wunc.org/post/house-lawmakers-pass-controversial-development-bill <p>Lawmakers in the state House have passed <a href="http://www.ncleg.net/gascripts/BillLookUp/BillLookUp.pl?Session=2013&amp;BillID=S315">a controversial bill that would extend water and sewer lines to a mixed-use development outside Durham city limits</a>. The Durham city council recently voted against providing services to the 167 acre 751 project. But its developers have lobbied state legislators to get access, saying the plan will bring jobs to the area. Republican representative Tim Moore says he believes in the spirit of the planned development. Fri, 28 Jun 2013 19:15:42 +0000 Jessica Jones 18055 at http://wunc.org House Lawmakers Pass Controversial Development Bill Cary Introduces Virtual Water Meter http://wunc.org/post/cary-introduces-virtual-water-meter <p>Customers of Cary's public water utility can now monitor how many gallons they use on an hourly basis.&nbsp; The town invested $172,553 in a system that updates water usage online.&nbsp; Cary Financial Director Karen Mills says the new system is meant to make customers more aware of how much water they're using or wasting.<br><br>"They can see what's going on with their usage, understanding, for example, their irrigation usage if they have an automated system; when it's running, how long it's running," Mills says.</p> Mon, 04 Mar 2013 12:42:35 +0000 Will Michaels 11338 at http://wunc.org Progress Reaches Tentative Deal To Cut Rate Hikes http://wunc.org/post/progress-reaches-tentative-deal-cut-rate-hikes <p>Progress Energy has reached a tentative deal with the Public Staff on the state Utilities Commission to reduce its request for a rate increase.&nbsp; The agreement allows a 4.7 percent increase in June, then raises that to 5.7 percent next year.&nbsp; Progress filed for an 11 percent increase in October.&nbsp; Public Staff executive director Robert Gruber says it's a fair deal.<br><br>"What do they actually need in order to be able to operate reliably and attract investors?&nbsp; You have to compromise that need with the impact on consumers," Gruber says.</p> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 13:14:35 +0000 Will Michaels 11070 at http://wunc.org 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 Dare County Residents Asked to Conserve Power http://wunc.org/post/dare-county-residents-asked-conserve-power <p>Dare County officials are asking residents to conserve power as utilities set up emergency generators on Hatteras Island. Parts of the main highway on the Outer Banks were washed away in four spots near Rodanthe. That left residents who waited out the storm stranded on Hatteras Island. Dare County spokeswoman Cathryn Bryan says emergency crews are taking bare essentials to the hardest hit areas.<br> Tue, 30 Aug 2011 18:10:00 +0000 Will Michaels 7529 at http://wunc.org