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56 Chatham, NC Rooftops Sprout Solar Panels and Good Jobs

NC WARN’s Solarize Chatham just set a record for the most solar roofs and most kilowatts of any North Carolina Solarize program. Fifty-six homes in Chatham County are adding 315 kilowatts of solar power – and installers are adding jobs – thanks to this grassroots program and its tireless local volunteers.

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Tantalus and Itron Release New ERT-Reading Platform to Municipal and Cooperative Utility Markets

Combined solution enables municipal and cooperative utilities to migrate to two-way AMI while leveraging up to 95% of existing investments in Itron’s installed base of ERTs

 

Tantalus, a leading provider of smart grid communications and applications, announced with Itron Inc. , a world-leading technology and services company, the commercial availability of automated ERT (Encoder Receiver Transmitter) reading functionality for the companies’ joint solution platform for municipal and cooperative utilities. The solution is designed for utilities to quickly and cost-effectively migrate from a one-way drive-by or walk-by system to real-time reading via TUNet® - the Tantalus Utility Network – configured as a fixed network, two-way AMI solution. This new alternative enables multi-commodity utilities to preserve existing investments in electric, water, and gas ERT technology.  Along with ERT-reading functionality, an entire suite of newly enhanced Itron and Tantalus applications for automated metering, load management, and power quality management are also immediately available throughout North America, Central America, and the Caribbean.

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NC energy commission postpones fracking meetings

Agency: More than 217,000 comments submitted on draft rules

The North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission’s meetings scheduled for Thursday and Friday have been postponed to allow hearing officers more time to develop a report on oil and natural gas exploration.

The full commission will meet to consider the natural gas report starting Nov. 6-7, and have also scheduled meetings, if necessary, for Nov. 14 and Nov. 17. All the meetings are scheduled for 9 a.m. in the Ground Floor Hearing Room of the Archdale Building, 512 North Salisbury St., Raleigh.

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J.Crew Brands Extend Partnership with Blue Jeans Go Green™

J.Crew Brands Extend Partnership with Blue Jeans Go Green™J.Crew brands has announced their continued participation in a fall denim drive in partnership with Cotton Incorporated’s Blue Jeans Go Green™ denim recycling program in J.Crew and Madewell retail stores. The drive first kicked off in 74 Madewell stores on August 12, while J.Crew’s 269 participating stores started the program on August 21. Both brands have decided to extend their participation in the denim drive - J.Crew will host until December 31, 2014 and Madewell will host until January 31, 2015.

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Duke Energy: No plans to shut down Asheville plant in near future

Despite a local campaign calling for the company to work toward shutting down its primarily coal-fired power plant, a Duke representative told Asheville City Council last night that the company has no such plans anytime soon.

Duke Energy's Asheville plant. Micah Wilkins/Carolina Public PressImage: Duke Energy’s Asheville plant. Micah Wilkins/Carolina Public Press

“Demand is growing,” Duke Energy District Manager Jason Walls said. “While technology is helping to drive energy efficiency, our region’s demand for electricity has doubled since 1975. Local generation is critically important to Western North Carolina.”

Earlier this month, the WNC Alliance published a letter from 80 local business owners calling for the company to retire the Asheville plant due to the pollution and environmental issues caused by burning coal. Other groups, like the Sierra Club, are also part of the local Beyond Coal campaign. Last night also marked the one-year anniversary of Council passing a clean energy resolution that committed the city to moving towards cleaner energy and away from coal.

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Camp Lejeune's First LEED Platinum Facility

The new French Creek Mess Hall at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune has earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Platinum certification with the Green Building Certification Institute. This achievement continues the Navy's ongoing commitment to environmental sustainability through high-performance design and is distinguished as the military's first LEED Platinum dining facility.

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