Tag: Duke Energy

Survey Says: Some in NC Using Green Financial Incentives, Elsewhere Regulations

Dayne Batten is a Research Assistant for the EFC and second year MPA student at UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Government.

NC Local governments surveyed indicated a diversity in policies, ranging from financial incentives for green building projects to regulations affecting alternative energy installations.

Alternative energy facilities, green site design features, and green building techniques (such as those required for LEED certification) are a promising way for citizens, businesses, and governments to minimize the environmental impacts of construction projects. Seizing on these opportunities for environmental responsibility, many local governments have provided incentive programs for green construction in their zoning ordinances. Other governments, seeking to walk a fine line between environmental friendliness and aesthetics, have regulated various features of alternative energy installations. But how many local governments are doing this? And what, specifically, are they doing?

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Big Power: Duke Energy’s Progress

Casey Wichman is an Environmental Economics Analyst with the Environmental Finance Center.

In case you haven’t heard, the merger between Duke and Progress energy was approved, making it the largest power utility in the United States with approximately 7 million customers in the southeast and midwest. If you did hear about that, you are probably also aware of the executive shuffle for control of the new company between Jim Rogers, former (and now current) CEO of Duke Energy, and Bill Johnson, former CEO of Progress Energy who held the reins at the new company for mere minutes.

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