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Watchdog slams Duke Energy's 'sweetheart deal' for NC coal ash contamination   |   July 17, 2013
The proposed settlement announced this week between Duke Energy and North Carolina environmental regulators over the utility giant's ongoing contamination of drinking water...

 

Fracking's democracy disconnect   |   July 15, 2013
Though North Carolina lawmakers have acted aggressively to promote fracking, it turns out the majority of the state's residents oppose the controversial method of gas drilling...

 

Southern coal plants top list of worst carbon polluters targeted by Obama climate plan   |   June 26, 2013
Pointing out that "Americans across the country are already paying the price of inaction," President Obama bypassed Congress and outlined a plan this week to use his...

 

Duke Energy caught making illegal charges to customers   |   June 18, 2013
A watchdog group is calling on North Carolina utility regulators to assess at least $5 million in penalties against Charlotte-based Duke Energy for making tens of millions of...

 

North Carolina racks up new clean-energy jobs amid anti-renewables assault   |   June 5, 2013
At the same time some of its politicians are trying to repeal the state's renewable energy standard, North Carolina is emerging as a national leader in creating clean-energy...

 

NC renewable energy law survives attack from the right, for now   |   May 28, 2013
Legislation that would have repealed North Carolina's groundbreaking renewable energy program appears dead for now in the General Assembly -- but its most outspoken proponent...

 

Southeast leads in creating clean-energy manufacturing jobs, but will politicians kill the momentum?   |   March 12, 2013
Clean energy and clean transportation projects are helping drive the U.S. economic recovery, and green business is particularly booming in the Southeast. But will politicians...

 

Study details economic benefits of North Carolina's threatened clean energy program   |   February 19, 2013
Some conservative lawmakers in North Carolina want to kill the state's clean energy program, but a study released this week suggests they would be delivering a blow to a still...

 

Will Gov. McCrory help his friend Duke Energy capture the N.C. Utility Commission?   |   February 13, 2013
This is a critical moment for North Carolina's energy future, as a packed public hearing held in Raleigh this week showed -- and there are growing concerns that the politician...

 

Did Duke Energy's secret talks break the law?   |   January 29, 2013
Last year North Carolina-based Duke Energy became the biggest U.S. electric utility in a $32 billion merger shrouded in charges of deceit -- and new evidence raises fresh...

 

VOICES: TVA board nominees confirmed, but what about the sustainable energy expert?   |   January 10, 2013
By Jimmy Green, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy On the morning of January 1, 2013, the Senate passed the controversial fiscal cliff bill and sent it to the House of...

 

NC governor-elect vows immediate action to begin drilling off Atlantic coast   |   January 2, 2013
The Southeast could soon be reaping the benefits and costs of offshore drilling for oil and gas if North Carolina Gov.-elect Pat McCrory (R) has his way. Speaking this afternoon...

 

Four years after Tennessee tragedy, politicians are blocking federal oversight of coal ash   |   December 21, 2012
This Saturday, Dec. 22 marks four years since a massive coal ash impoundment collapsed at the Tennessee Valley Authority's Kingston power plant in eastern Tennessee, sending...

 

UT-Austin appoints gas industry insider to lead probe into fracking study conflicts   |   August 14, 2012
The University of Texas at Austin recently came under fire for releasing a study of groundwater contamination from fracking that it promoted as independent of industry when the...

 

How NC House leaders tried to manipulate the fracking vote   |   July 25, 2012
New information has come to light about the political gamesmanship behind the controversial late-night vote to allow fracking for natural gas in North Carolina, and it reveals a...

 

Climate science attack group turns sights on Texas professors   |   July 19, 2012
The American Tradition Institute, a conservative think tank with financial ties to fossil fuel interests, made headlines last year for a controversial freedom of information...

 

Duke-Progress merger wins final approval amid scrutiny over secret rate deals, leadership shakeup   |   July 3, 2012
South Carolina regulators approved the merger of Duke Energy and Progress Energy yesterday, the final step in the North Carolina power giants' quest to create the nation's...

 

Who's behind petition opposing coal ash regulation with hundreds of bogus Chinese names?   |   July 2, 2012
Last year a group called "Citizens for Recycling First" submitted a petition to the White House opposing strict federal regulations for coal ash, the toxic-laden waste...

 

Will NC lawmakers let fracking industry fund its own regulators?   |   June 20, 2012
One of the concerns fracking opponents have raised during the debate over legalizing the controversial method of natural gas drilling in North Carolina is how the state -- which...

 

Hopes for halting rush to NC fracking rest with governor   |   June 15, 2012
The Republican-controlled North Carolina House passed a controversial bill yesterday legalizing fracking in the state -- but opponents were buoyed by fracking supporters'...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Monkey-wrenching the Duke-Progress merger?   |   June 15, 2012
Date on which two North Carolina lawmakers introduced a bill barring the state from approving the proposed merger of Duke Energy and Progress Energy until the N.C. Municipal Power...

 

North Carolina gets a Texas-sized warning on fracking   |   June 13, 2012
As North Carolina lawmakers prepare to pass a bill as soon as this week legalizing fracking for natural gas, they got a visit from a former Texas mayor who shared his cautionary...

 

Bringing renewable energy to North Carolina's neediest   |   June 11, 2012
When it comes to promoting green power, a North Carolina energy watchdog is putting its money where its mouth is by launching a campaign to install solar electric and hot water...

 

NC anti-wind power crusader behind plot to subvert renewable energy industry   |   May 11, 2012
An activist who has worked with a group financed by leading North Carolina conservative benefactor Art Pope to discredit wind power in the state has been discovered at the center...

 

ALEC fights coal ash protections on polluters' behalf   |   April 30, 2012
After the massive TVA Kingston disaster inundated a Tennessee community and two rivers with a billion gallons of coal ash in 2008, it appeared the tide was turning for the largely...