Energy

Environment
9:00 am
Thu April 22, 2010

NC Voices: Tomorrow's Energy -- Wind Power

App State Profesor Dennis Scanlin
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There is only one utility-grade wind turbine in all of North Carolina. Jessica Jones reports.

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:  Tomorrow's Energy.

Environment
9:00 am
Wed April 21, 2010

NC Voices: Tomorrow's Energy -- Solar Power

Solar panel
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Jessica Jones reports for our series North Carolina Voices, Tomorrow's Energy.

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.

Environment
9:35 am
Mon April 19, 2010

Tomorrow's Energy: Energy Efficient

Durham Sustainability Mgr Tobin Freid
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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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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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