Duke CEO: More nuclear plants needed

April 7, 2009

By Bruce Henderson
Posted: Tuesday, Apr. 07, 2009

Debate over regulating carbon dioxide has strengthened the case for going forward with Duke Energy’s proposed Lee nuclear plant near Gaffney, S.C., CEO Jim Rogers says.

Duke has made no final decision to build the $11 billion nuclear plant, which would be its first since the 1980s. But capping limits on carbon dioxide, which is emitted by Duke’s coal-fired plants, is expected to heavily cost utilities. Duke, meanwhile, says it needs to build more power plants to keep up with growing electricity demand.

Steve Goss raises your rates!

February 26, 2009


If you live in North Carolina and you thought power was already too expensive, well get ready for it.  Senator Steve Goss just introduced a bill in the NC Senate to ban the use of 1/3 of the States power source.  So where does the good Senator suppose the rest will come from?  If the dollar didn’t hurt before, it will now!

Bill introduced to phase out use of mountaintop coal in NC

RALEIGH – North Carolina lawmakers introduced a bill today that would phase out state electric utility purchase of coal from mountaintop removal mines.

Rep. Pricey Harrison, D-Greensboro, is the lead sponsor of the Appalachian Mountains Preservation Act in the state House of Representatives. Sen. Steve Goss introduced a companion bill in the state Senate.

Harrison introduced similar legislation last year.

According to a press release from Boone-based Appalachian Voices, North Carolina is currently the second largest consumer of mountaintop removal-mined coal. The group said that 30 percent of the state’s electricity is generated from the burning of mountaintop removal mined coal.


McCrory, Perdue disagree on offshore drilling

July 1, 2008

Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory said Monday that he supports offshore drilling in North Carolina…


Burr says gas-tax moratorium won’t happen

May 20, 2008

Burr says gas-tax moratorium won’t happen

Published: Tuesday, May 20, 2008 10:24 PM EDT
Tom Joyce

Staff Reporter

WASHINGTON – A gas-tax holiday sounds appealing on the surface, but is no high-mileage solution for excessive prices and the nation’s energy needs, one of North Carolina’s two U.S. senators said Tuesday…