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Public asked to comment on NC oil, gas development

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The public now has a chance to comment on proposed rules for regulating oil and gas development in North Carolina. Officials with the state Mining and Energy Commission are seeking public input and have opened a comment period which lasts until Sept. 15. Full story...
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Residents against wood pellet export

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videoWilmington residents gathered Downtown to speak out against a wood pellet export facility in Wilmington. Full story...
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Passive home in Wilmington opens doors to show how to live green

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A one-of-a-kind Wilmington home opens its doors to show others how to live green. videoIt’s a home designed to be highly energy efficient, called a passive home, and it's gained popularity in Europe and parts of the US. Now the design has made its way to the Port City, and owners say they could not be more pleased with the outcome. Full story...
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Gov. McCrory signs NC fracking bill

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Gov. Pat McCrory has signed into law a bill that clears the way for permits to be issued for fracking in North Carolina as soon as next spring. Full story...
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McCrory says he talked energy with Obama

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Gov. Pat McCrory says President Obama's visit to North Carolina this week gave him the opportunity to talk about energy exploration and clear the air about case backlogs within the state's food stamp program. Full story...
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Study offers view of what turbines may look like off our coast

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videoThe horizon off some beaches may soon change in Brunswick County, all in the name of renewable energy. Large wind turbines may be coming our way. Some people say they think its cool. Others say they are eyesores. Full story...
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Public hearing scheduled for proposed Bladen Co. biomass energy facility

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The state has scheduled a Sept. 4 public hearing to gather comments on an air quality permit for a proposed biomass energy plant in Bladen County. Full story...
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3 govs seek reconsideration of offshore oil, gas

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The Republican governors of Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina are appealing to the Obama administration's choice for interior secretary to open up waters off their states' coasts to gas and oil exploration. Full story...
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Wind energy debate blows into Wilmington

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videoThe Bureau of Ocean Energy Management took public reaction to offshore wind energy coming to our area in a meeting tonight in Wilmington. Two of the three potential sites the bureau has identified on the North Carolina coast are in our area. There was a packed room of people talking turbines. While some supported the idea, others were not fans. 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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New Hanover Co. Schools cuts power bill by $1M

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video A program aimed at lowering the costs of energy and water for New Hanover County Schools appears to be paying off. EduCon, the company the school district partnered with last year to help reduce energy consumption and costs, says the school district save almost $1 million the first year of the program. Full story...
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Solar farms dot Camp Lejeune

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The Marines are going green at Camp Lejeune as solar farms are popping up across the base in eastern North Carolina. Full story...
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NC geologist: Fracking estimates were optimistic

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A state geologist says estimates of a 40-year supply of natural gas in North Carolina are "wildly optimistic" and that fracking likely won't uncover enough energy to fuel a large-scale economic boom. 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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NC OKs wind farm near Beaufort Co. wildlife refuge

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North Carolina officials are approving a proposed 11,000-acre wind farm in Beaufort County that critics worry could kill migrating birds landing at a nearby wildlife refuge. Full story...
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