December 31, 2017
The process of converting nearly all city-owned buildings to solar energy is a little behind schedule but is about 75 percent completed... The decision to convert North Vernon’s city buildings to solar energy was finalized at a North Vernon City Council meeting in April.
December 26, 2017
Less than a month after Tesla unveiled a new backup power system in South Australia, the world's largest lithium-ion battery is already being put to the test. And it appears to be far exceeding expectations: In the past three weeks alone, the Hornsdale Power Reserve has smoothed out at least two major energy outages, responding even more quickly than the coal-fired backups that were supposed to provide emergency power.
December 26, 2017
An energy company that sells power to cities and electric cooperatives is planning to build a solar facility near Eastover. NTE Carolinas Solar, an affiliate of NTE Energy, hopes to start construction on the project next year. The facility will be on Al Ray Road, which is off Dunn Road between Fayetteville and Eastover.
December 14, 2017
NC WARN is hoping for local support in its effort to replace half of all fossil fuels used for electricity in the state by 2025, and replace them all by 2030.
December 3, 2017
Letter to the Editor from Jim Warren.
The author of “Cooper should crack down on Duke Energy’s hazards” (Nov. 29) was courageous in calling out Duke Energy’s hazardous practices and stranglehold on our democracy. The third leg of Duke’s business model – along with building unneeded power plants and raising rates – is spending tens of millions annually to distort and suppress debate. Read more, including Duke Energy's response.
November 1, 2017
Solar discussions of the past relied on environmental issues to persuade people to buy into solar energy. For some, saving the planet for future generations was enough to invest in solar, but it was just too expensive to say it was a cost-saving measure. That is changing with new developments in the marketplace.
October 26, 2017
What are the best ways for U.S. cities to combat climate change? A new study
co-authored by an MIT professor indicates it will be easier for cities to reduce emissions coming from residential energy use rather than from local transportation — and this reduction will happen mostly thanks to better building practices, not greater housing density.
October 23, 2017
The ad, produced for NC WARN, began today during TV newscasts in all major markets, and a version appears on news websites statewide. It’s part of a new campaign promoting a statewide strategy – NC Clean Path 2025 – to rapidly replace coal and natural gas with local solar power and battery storage.
October 22, 2017
Five years. That's how soon batteries can be expected to sprout all over the electric grid as utilities and homeowners drop in on a wave of falling prices, a Duke Energy executive said in Chicago Thursday. "There's going to be a lot of excitement around batteries in the next five years. And I would say that the country will get blanketed with projects," said Spencer Hanes, a managing director of business development with the Charlotte, North Carolina-based utility.
October 15, 2017
In the near future, your home could be battery operated. This is especially true if you live in New York, California, Massachusetts, Hawaii, Vermont, Arizona or a growing roster of other states and municipalities experimenting with revamping their electrical grids for the 21st century.