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Duke Energy asks Carolinas' customers to reduce energy use

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Duke Energy is asking its customers in North Carolina and South Carolina to reduce electricity usage during the next 24 hours to help avoid potentially high energy demand caused by the extreme cold. A statement from the Charlotte-based utility says the most critical time to reduce usage is Thursday between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. Full story...
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UPDATE: Power is back on in Brunswick, Columbus County

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Hundreds of people are without power in Brunswick County and Columbus County Monday night. Full story...
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Duke Energy Progress to replace street lights

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Duke Energy Progress says it is launching an initiative to modernize outdoor lighting across its service area. The utility says it's received approval from the N.C. Utilities Commission to replace more than 100,000 mercury vapor street and area lights with advanced light emitting diode, or LED, fixtures. Full story...
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Hoke County to be tested for wind power

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A Florida company is building a 196-foot tower in Hoke County to determine whether the area has enough wind to generate electricity. The Fayetteville Observer reported that NextEra Energy Resources is building the tower near Lumber Bridge. Equipment on the tower will measure wind speeds for up to five years. Full story...
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Duke Energy announces solar power expansion

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video Duke Energy Progress announced a 500 million dollar commitment today that will bring renewable energy and hundreds of jobs to eastern North Carolina. It's a project that includes three solar panel facilities. Full story...
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Duke enters into $1.2B deal with ElectriCities

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Duke Energy has entered into a $1.2 billion agreement with ElectriCities to buy back minority stakes in several North Carolina power plants. The deal is expected to lower power bills of thousands of eastern North Carolina residents by reducing debt for the North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency, which is managed by ElectriCities. Duke entered into the deal, which was announced over the summer, on Friday. Full story...
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NC Supreme Court again weighs Duke Energy rates

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North Carolina's highest court is examining whether state utilities regulators correctly weighed the consumer impact of two rate increases for a Duke Energy operating unit. Full story...
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NC justices uphold order that led to rate rise

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videoThe state Supreme Court has upheld a decision by North Carolina electric power regulators that allowed a Duke Energy subsidiary to raise rates on residential customers of the former Progress Energy by 7.5 percent over two years. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Disabled veteran confused by power company requiring deposit

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video A Wilmington veteran feels cheated by his power company. Duke Energy's website says they charge $17 to move service from one house to the next, but Michael Love does not understand why the company wants to charge him $217. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Southport residents again complain about abnormally high power bills

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video You pay a price to live near the beach, but some Southport residents say the price of their power bills is ridiculous. Full story...
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