Duke Energy

Local - June 24
5:00 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Duke Energy Discloses Possible Plans to Purge Wilmington's Sutton Plant of Coal Ash

Duke Energy spokesperson Jeff Brooks stands before a dried ash basin on the grounds of the Sutton Plant in Wilmington.

Wilmington’s Sutton Plant is one of five statewide Duke Energy coal operations being decommissioned—and the closing of this one is of high priority to lawmakers. In November, Duke Energy retired Sutton’s coal operations. Although it’s now a natural gas plant, more than two million tons of dried coal ash—the waste generated after coal is burned—remains on the site. And the legislation that will determine exactly how much time Duke has to dispose of it all is pending in the General Assembly’s current session. WHQR has this look at the Sutton Plant’s retired coal operation.

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Local - January 23
5:00 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Treefest 2014 Touches Down at Independence Mall

Tomorrow and Saturday, New Hanover County citizens can head to Wilmington’s Independence Mall to pick up seedlings to plant for spring. The event, TreeFest, began as a 1997 initiative to help reforest the area following Hurricanes Bertha and Fran. Today, it serves to help build upon the county’s leafy green canopy, and promote local biodiversity.  

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Local - October 10
3:43 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Groundwater Will Keep Flowing, Even After Close of Sutton Plant's Coal-Fired Operation

The Sutton Power Plant
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Duke Energy Progress will be closing its coal-fired power operation serving New Hanover County this December. Pollutants are slowly leaching from the coal-ash basins surrounding the Sutton plant toward groundwater wells that supply drinking water for the nearby Flemington community. However,  decommissioning the plant’s ash basins will not guarantee safety for nearby groundwater supplies—not for a long time, that is.

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Local
5:17 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

CFPUA Board Unanimously Approves Cost-sharing Deal with Duke for Flemington Water Line

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The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority and Duke / Progress Energy will collaborate to construct a water line for a small, largely low-income community on the outskirts of New Hanover County. 

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Local
4:35 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Proposed Deal between Duke Energy and CFPUA Raises Concerns Among Environmental Advocates

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Duke / Progress Energy and the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority could vote as early as Wednesday morning on a deal that would install a water line for a largely low-income community on the outskirts of New Hanover County. 

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Local
9:12 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Conservation Groups File Federal Lawsuit Against Duke / Progress Over Sutton Lake Pollution

Duke / Progress Energy is facing yet another lawsuit over coal ash pollution from its Sutton Energy Plant just outside of Wilmington. 

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Local
7:50 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Conservation Groups File To Intervene In State Lawsuit Against Duke Over Coal Ash Pollution

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A coalition of local conservation groups could soon be part of North Carolina’s lawsuit against Duke / Progress Energy. 

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Local
3:29 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

SELC Considering Next Move with Duke in Light of State Lawsuit; Sutton Lake Still a Concern

Site of the Duke / Progress Energy Sutton Plant outside of Wilmington
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Now that the State of North Carolina is suing Duke / Progress Energy for illegal pollution at all of its coal plants in the state, citizens’ groups are taking stock. 

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Local
10:28 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Duke Energy has no plans to adjust compliance boundaries of coal ash ponds at Sutton

Site of the Duke / Progress Energy Sutton Plant outside of Wilmington
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Duke Energy says it has no plans to try to expand the compliance boundary on its coal ash ponds at the Sutton Plant near Wilmington. 

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Local
4:34 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Duke Energy awards local Arts Council $25,000 for artist grants

Duke Energy gives $25,000 to local Arts Council; from left: Dr. Eric McKeithan, Exec. Dir. Rhonda Bellamy, Duke Energy Spokesman John Elliott
Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County

Today, Duke Energy announced its gift of $25,000 for the Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County.  

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