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Progress Energy: could cost $1 billion to clean up power plants

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More than $1 billion. That's how much Progress Energy says it could pay to clean up coal-burning power plants in North Carolina and South Carolina, and more than half of the cost could fall on consumers. Full story...
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Duke Energy warns customers of higher power bills

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Duke Energy is warning its customers that the hot weather will send their power bills higher. Full story...
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CFCC students make bio-fuel

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If you're tired of paying at the pump, Cape Fear Community College may have come up with a way to cut some of the costs and help the environment at the same time. Made right in the college's labs by faculty and students, the bio-fuel burns cleaner than diesel. Full story...
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Report: North Carolina plants have high carbon dixoide output

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A new report says three coal-fired power plants in North Carolina are on an environmental group's national list of the 50 facilities blamed for the highest emissions of carbon dioxide. Full story...
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House committee forwards renewables-efficiency bill

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A House committee has approved a bill to require North Carolina utilities to serve their customers with a set amount of renewable fuel and energy efficiency. Full story...
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Brunswick Nuclear Power Plant workers want union

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Employees at the Brunswick Nuclear Power Plant want to unionize, and Progress Energy is fighting back. Full story...
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Port could get biodiesel plant

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North Carolina is making headway toward more biofuel production. The Port of Wilmington could soon be home to a new biodiesel plant. The new plant would put out 30 million gallons of biodiesel every year. Full story...
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Most local gas stations not equipped with generators

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videoIf a hurricane hits, one thing people are going to want in the wake of a storm is gasoline. Are local gas stations are prepared to help if a natural disaster strikes here? Full story...
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Tips on lowering your summer energy costs

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As the weather heats up, how can you get some relief and save money? Forecasters say the summer this year will be sweltering and energy costs skyrocketing. What can you do to keep things cool? Full story...
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Progress Energy: Residents near nuclear plant not in danger

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Progress Energy says people living near the Brunswick Nuclear Plant are not in danger after discovering a potentially toxic chemical near the plant. Full story...
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Potentially toxic chemical found near power plant

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videoA potentially toxic chemical was discovered near the Brunswick Nuclear Power Plant. That chemical is called tritium, a chemical by-product of nuclear reactors. But residents say they're not worried. Full story...
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Charlotte man converts car to veggie oil, gets fined by state

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Bob Teixeira, a Charlotte guitar teacher, took a stand against US dependence on foreign oil last fall. He spent $1,200 to convert his 1981 diesel Mercedes to run on vegetable oil. He buys soybean oil in 5-gallon jugs at Costco, which costs him about a third more than diesel. Full story...
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Local gas station selling bio-diesel

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The wait will soon be over for those looking for a more environmentally friendly fuel. By noon Friday bio-diesel will be available in our area. It's an eco-friendly fuel for eco-minded drivers. It's called B20, a special blend of 20 percent bio-diesel and 80 percent petroleum diesel. Full story...
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30,000 lose power in Cumberland County

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Officials say the western portion of Cumberland County is without power, with some 30-thousand people affected. Full story...
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