| Feb 9, 2014
| 6:21 PM
DURHAM, N.C. – North Carolina environmental regulators acknowledged Sunday that they had erroneously reported results of early toxic tests in the Dan River after a huge coal ash spill, specifically, that arsenic was within safe levels.
| Feb 11, 2014
| 9:28 PM
RALEIGH, N.C. — State regulators in North Carolina have asked a judge to delay what environmentalists claim is a sweetheart deal with Duke Energy designed to protect the nation's largest electrical utility from heavy fines for allowing coal ash into...
| Dec 6, 2013
| 11:37 AM
Solar and wind farms scored a victory Friday when the Interior Department announced an extension of permits which allow renewable energy projects to accidentally kill or injure bald eagles without penalty.
Renewable energy companies will now be able...
| Jul 1, 2011
| 1:29 PM
Some see war and peace as opposites. But at one point, former U.S. Marine Capt. Rye Barcott found himself fully committed to serving both.
In 2000, the ROTC scholarship recipient from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill traveled to Kibera,...
| Aug 22, 2011
| 4:30 PM
The catastrophe in Japan hasn't dimmed my support for more nuclear-power plants.
How we pay for them is another matter.
Progress Energy has been billing us for two planned nuclear plants since 2009.
Given the history of such projects, call it the Pay...
| Jul 6, 2012
| 10:18 AM
For one day’s work, $44 million is a pretty sizable paycheck.
For a few hours this week, William D. Johnson served as chief executive of Duke Energy Corp. before resigning. His departure package could include $7.4 million in severance, relocation...
| Apr 5, 2012
| 9:04 PM
WASHINGTON — As a candidate in 2008, Barack Obama vowed to squelch the role of special interests in financing the party conventions — so he barred corporations and lobbyists from contributing money to this year's national convention in...
| Aug 14, 2012
| 8:30 AM
As a postscript to today's column about Progress-Duke Energy and Florida's Public Service Commission, here's an issue we can all agree on:
It is in the best interests of not only Progress Energy Florida and new owner Duke Energy, but also consumers for...
| Mar 27, 2011
Pennsylvania is laced with 11,000 miles of aging gas pipelines like the one implicated in the deadly Feb. 9 explosion in Allentown because legislators, regulators and gas companies haven't agreed on how to accelerate pipeline replacement -- a reform...
| Aug 28, 2012
| 8:03 AM
In a recent column about the Public Service Commission's soft-ball questioning of the new Progress Energy boss (Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers), I encouraged fuming readers to write to the commission and make their outrage known.
After all, it is the Public...
| Jan 23, 2013
| 6:07 PM
We're supposed to believe that Florida's system for selecting the people who set our utility rates is fair and free of political meddling.
That's a bigger fake-out than Manti Te'o's girlfriend.
The Legislature controls the selection of Public...