Category Archives: Energy

ICYMI: NC Can Open a Pipeline to New Industry

Last week, David Fountain, North Carolina president of Duke Energy and NC Chamber chair, penned an op-ed published in The News & Observer highlighting the Atlantic Coast Pipeline’s ability to strengthen North Carolina’s economic development. Entitled “NC can open a pipeline to new industry,” the piece makes the case for the pipeline, arguing that North Carolina must ready its infrastructure…

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After FERC Approval of Atlantic Coast Pipeline, Anti-Growth Groups Target Manufacturing

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) is one step closer to providing the reliable delivery of low-cost natural gas supplies to portions of eastern North Carolina after the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved the Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. As Lynn Good, Duke Energy’s Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, described, “FERC’s approval is…

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Latest Environmental Report Moves the Atlantic Coast Pipeline Forward

After a rigorous three-year review process, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) recently released its Final Environmental Impact Statement on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, giving the project a favorable review. After an exhaustive review of more than 150,000 pages of regulatory filings and more than 75,000 public comments, this report addresses all environmental and safety concerns and demonstrates the unprecedented…

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Advancing an “All-of-the-Above” Energy Strategy in NC

North Carolina is growing by the day, making it more important now than ever before that our state has a comprehensive, environmentally responsible strategy in place to ensure every corner of the state has access to efficient and affordable energy. Employing a forward-thinking, “all-of-the-above” energy strategy will diversify available energy sources and make it possible to power our competitive economy…

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NC Needs the Atlantic Coast Pipeline

As North Carolina continues growing, so too does the state’s energy needs. In order to power our competitive economy in the coming decades, North Carolina must have the necessary infrastructure in place to produce efficient, low-cost energy. Unfortunately, North Carolina’s lack of natural gas pipelines has proven to impede competitiveness as industries overlooked the state due to an inadequate supply…

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Fighting to Protect Rural Coastal Communities as Fisheries Struggle

North Carolina’s coastal fisheries are on the decline and the evidence is clear – commercial and recreational fisherman are hooking fewer fish than in previous years. Specifically, commercial fisherman caught 9% less in 2016 compared to 2015, while anglers witnessed an 18% decrease in 2016 from the previous year. That decline is detrimental to our rural coastal communities whose competitive…

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Reforms to Update Costly 40 Year Old Law Advance

Efforts to reform a costly 40 year-old-law advanced yesterday, as House Bill 589: Competitive Energy Solutions for NC was passed out of two House committees and placed on the calendar for a vote. This legislative action is significant to North Carolina’s energy infrastructure, as the outdated Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA) could ultimately cost North Carolina consumers…

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Protecting NC’s Declining Coastal Fisheries

North Carolina’s economic prosperity is directly affected by the health of the state’s coastal economy. Maximizing the growth opportunities for North Carolina’s non-urban coastal communities must remain a top priority. This is especially true as the state’s fishing economy continues to decline. Revenue from both commercial and recreational fishing is down due to depleted resources – a clear indication that…

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Failure to Reform 40 Year Old Law will Cost NC Consumers $1 Billion

North Carolina utility rate payers stand to overpay $1 billion dollars if our state does not reform the policies implemented under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA). This 40-year-old law, which was enacted in response to the energy crisis of 1973, requires utility companies to pay third party producers of energy, also known as qualifying facilities, “avoided…

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Congress Pursues Legislation to Restore Accountability to Federal Regulatory Process

The 115th Congress is off to a fast start, and its efforts are already bringing good news for the nation’s job creators. Last week, the U.S. House passed H.R. 5 (Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017) with a bipartisan vote of 238-183. If passed into law, this important legislation would bring additional balance back to the federal regulatory process and help…

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