Ratepayers in the Carolinas could save nearly $10 billion if Duke Energy increased solar power sixfold, shuttered coal plants ahead of schedule, and abandoned goals for a new nuclear plant, a new report shows.
While North Carolina activists fight the Atlantic Coast Pipeline with protest songs and camera-grabbing marches, they’re also waging a quieter legal battle via the government agencies who must approve the project.
While FERC says drilling and end use shouldn’t be considered in climate calculations for natural gas pipelines, advocates argue that the projects encourage consumption, and that consumption should be accounted for.
Following a trail blazed by a large dairy plant, a private college and a U.S. defense agency have collectively embarked on the second and third microgrids in Virginia while overcoming challenges integrating with their utilities.
Landowners along natural gas pipeline routes have a difficult choice – fight and risk condemnation through eminent domain, or work with developers to have influence over a project’s route through their property.
While the shale boom has seen a proliferation of new natural gas pipelines throughout the Southeast, critics say many of the projects are not needed and are simply a way for developers and utilities to reap profits on the backs of ratepayers.
Acknowledging that a new fossil-fuel powered plant may have little environmental upside, Duke University officials say they are not committed to the $55 million project they announced in May, even if state regulators give it the green light.
A Virginia natural gas pipeline operator says is revisiting its notification procedures after a routine maintenance incident prompted more than 100 emergency calls and dozens of evacuations last month.
While the utility industry is undergoing considerable upheaval, critics say you’d never know it by looking at Duke Energy’s most recent long-range planning documents.
As Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s term winds down, environmental and property rights activists are pushing him to use his final months in office to pull back on natural gas.