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Duke Energy notified of violations at more plants, including New Hanover Co. facility

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videoThe investigation of a coal ash spill across the state has led state regulators to the Cape Fear. They say five more Duke Energy plants have violations, including one in New Hanover County. Full story...
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Power outages send thousands to area hotels

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video In our five county viewing area more than 67,000 people are in the dark and those who don’t have a friend or family member to stay with are heading for the hotels. Full story...
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Duke Energy prepares to help keep your power on

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Duke Energy is bracing for a rare coastal ice storm that is forecast to hit eastern North Carolina and South Carolina Tuesday. Duke Energy’s team of meteorologists continues to monitor the system. Line technicians, service crews and other personnel are available throughout the company’s service areas and are ready to respond to outages and emergencies, if they occur. Full story...
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Power being restored in North Carolina

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Crews are repairing power lines across North Carolina as cold weather grips the state. Full story...
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2014 means lights out for incandescent bulbs

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videoCome tomorrow, the federal government is flipping the switch on the incandescent light bulb. By law, the production of the bulbs must stop across the country, so it's lights out for 60- and 40-watt incandescent bulbs. Full story...
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New natural gas power plant up and running

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videoThe new Duke Energy Progress natural gas plant is now up and running at the Sutton site on US 421 near Wilmington. The new plant replaced the retired coal plant Nov. 27. Full story...
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Ex-CIA chief asks NC lawmakers to protect grid

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Some academics and a former CIA director are urging North Carolina state lawmakers to require better protection of electricity transmission systems from solar flares and cyber and terrorist attacks. Full story...
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Duke Energy Progress rates to drop slightly

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Duke Energy Progress says its customers in North Carolina will pay less for electricity starting Sunday. Full story...
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NC regulators uphold Duke Energy rate hike

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North Carolina regulators are again approving a 7 percent rate increase for Duke Energy Carolinas customers. Full story...
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State suing Sutton Electric Plant/Duke Energy

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The state has filed two lawsuits for injunctive relief against Duke Energy Progress Inc. and Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC for claims related to the discharge of wastewater from the utility’s North Carolina coal ash impoundments that were not included in the state’s earlier legal actions. Full story...
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Progress Energy reaches deal on rate increase

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videoIt looks like power rates are going up for a lot of people in southeastern North Carolina. Progress Energy Carolinas says it has reached an agreement with the North Carolina Utilities Commission Public Staff to raise its rates as early as this summer. Full story...
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Progress Energy requests rate hike; residents sound off

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video Progress Energy says it has asked the North Carolina Utilities Commission for a rate increase the company says would push residential bills up an average of 14.2 percent. Full story...
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Duke, Progress promise to build new power lines

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Duke Energy and Progress Energy say they're willing to spend $110 million on new power transmission lines as they try to get federal approval for a merger creating the largest US electric utility. Full story...
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TROUBLESHOOTERS: Answers for renter whose power bill soared

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video Power bills tend to go up during winter, but one Wilmington man cannot understand why his bill has tripled when he has essentially turned off his power. Full story...
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NC residents complain of higher electric rates

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Some residents are complaining about what they are paying for electricity from the North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency. Full story...
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