Duke Energy proposes $76M electric transportation program in North Carolina; Southeast’s largest utility EV initiative yet

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Duke Energy is proposing a $76-million initiative to spur EV adoption across the state of North Carolina—the largest investment in electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure yet in the Southeast US. In a filing with the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC), Duke Energy outlined its program that will provide incentives to customers. Currently, North Carolina has more than 10,000 plug-in hybrid and all-electric vehicles.

Here’s How To Save $5,000 On A 2012 Nissan Leaf In North Carolina

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NASCAR-loving North Carolina may not be the first place you’d think of as being particularly pro-electric car, but for 40-lucky residents the cost of buying a 2012 Nissan Leaf there just dropped by $5,000 thanks to a time-limited scheme being run by Advanced Energy.

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Greensboro Transit Authority buying four Proterra electric buses; North Carolina’s first battery-electric public transit bus fleet

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In addition to the environmental benefits, the new electric buses will also have a positive impact on GTA’s bottom line, since they require less energy to operate and reduced maintenance. Greensboro Transit Authority (GTA) is going forward with the purchase of four 40-foot Proterra electric buses this fall, setting in motion the potential to expand its zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) fleet over the next four years.

Li-ion Separator Supplier Celgard Expanding Production in North Carolina

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and a leading supplier of microporous separators used in lithium-ion batteries, plans to expand capacity at its existing Charlotte, North Carolina facility and build a new manufacturing site in Concord, North Carolina. In August, Celgard was selected to receive a grant award from the US Department of Energy (DOE) for the same expansion project. In the first phase, Celgard will add capacity at its existing Charlotte, North Carolina facility.

HCL CleanTech to Establish Pilot Plant in North Carolina for Converting Woody Biomass to Sugars and Fuels

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HCL CleanTech, a US-Israeli biofuels technology development company focused on full process technology for conversion of woody biomass to fermentable sugars and advanced biofuels, has selected North Carolina as the site for its administrative headquarters and pilot plant. North Carolina, with 17.6 The Biofuels Center of North Carolina has assisted the company and will provide office space in Oxford in its Biofuels Accelerator on North Carolina’s Biofuels Campus.

3 Duke Energy subsidiaries plead guilty to 9 criminal violations of Clean Water Act; $102M settlement

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Three subsidiaries of North Carolina-based Duke Energy Corporation, the largest utility in the United States, pleaded guilty to nine criminal violations of the Clean Water Act at several of its North Carolina facilities and agreed to pay a $68-million criminal fine and spend $34-million on environmental projects and land conservation to benefit rivers and wetlands in North Carolina and Virginia.

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Four major US energy companies form JV for $4.5-$5B natural gas Atlantic Coast pipeline

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energy companies—Dominion, Duke Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas and AGL Resources—have formed a joint venture to build and own the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. and then south through central North Carolina to Robeson County. Four major U.S.

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Dept of Energy announces $36 million for biofuels and bioproducts development

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Secretary of Energy Steven Chu today announced up to $36 million to fund six small-scale projects in California, Michigan, North Carolina, Texas, and Wisconsin. Yesterday U.S. The new program is meant to advance technology improvements and

BioSolar begins development of high-energy anode technology

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BioSolar, a developer of energy storage technology and materials, has begun development of a high energy anode for current- and next-generation lithium batteries. The lead inventors of the cathode technology are UCSB professor Dr. Alan Heeger, the recipient of a Nobel Prize in 2000 for the discovery and development of conductive polymers, and Dr. David Vonlanthen, a project scientist and energy storage expert at University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB).).

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Second Duke Energy project tackling truck idling in NC

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36 electric power outlets will help trucks at the Merchants Distributors, LLC (MDI) distribution center in Hickory, NC cut costs and lower air emissions as part of a Duke Energy $320,000 electrification project. This is Duke Energy’s second project in North Carolina using electricity to power trucks instead of idling engines. The Duke Energy programs are part of a 2015 settlement with the US Environmental Protection Agency and environmental groups.

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EIA updates mapping tool relating hurricane path to energy infrastructure

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Hurricane Irene, currently expected to approach the coast of North Carolina on Saturday, is likely to be the first major hurricane to make landfall in the United States since Hurricane Ike in 2008.

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Thomas Built Buses electric school bus powered by Proterra receives full CARB and HVIP certifications, CEC funding eligibility

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also announced eligibility for funding from the California Energy Commission (CEC) for the Saf-T-Liner C2 Jouley. The Jouley has 220 kWh of total energy capacity and can charge in about three hours with the Proterra DC charging system. Thomas Built Buses Inc.

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USDA approves $99M, 80% loan guarantee to Chemtex to support development of cellulosic ethanol from energy grasses

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to construct a 20 million gallon per year cellulosic ethanol refinery in Sampson County in eastern North Carolina. Chemtex is working with local farmers and producer organizations to begin growing energy grasses for the facility.

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Consortium proposes large-scale industrial cultivation of marine microalgae (ICCM) as solution to global energy, food, and climate issues

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Climate, energy, and food security are three of the most important global challenges society faces during the twenty-first century. Microalgae exhibit rates of primary production that are typically more than an order of magnitude higher than the most productive terrestrial energy crops.

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Ford and Progress Energy partner to prepare Research Triangle area for EVs

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Ford Motor Company and Progress Energy are working together to help prepare the Research Triangle area of North Carolina for the operation of electric vehicles. Ford and Progress Energy also plan to work with state and local officials to address issues relating to the permitting and regulations that can support electric vehicle infrastructure. This will include installing about 600 stations across the company’s territory in the Carolinas and Florida.

BASF announces winners of the open innovation contest on energy storage

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BASF announced the winners of the BASF Energy Contest at the “Creator Space Summit” in Ludwigshafen. The research group of Professor Xiangwu Zhang from North Carolina State University presents the concept of high-performance sodium-ion batteries that applies special electrode preparation methods. The Open Innovation Contest, initiated by BASF at the beginning of February, aims to find ideas for the storage of energy from renewable energy sources.

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Duke Energy suspends proposed Harris Nuclear Plant expansion; lowered consumption forecasts and new natural gas plants

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Duke Energy recently notified the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) today of plans to suspend its application for two proposed new nuclear units on its Harris site near New Hill in Wake County, North Carolina. Progress Energy Carolinas submitted the combined construction and operating license application to the NRC in February 2008. —Dhiaa Jamil, Duke Energy executive vice president and president of Duke Energy Nuclear.

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Honda Aero begins production of HF120 turbofan at new Burlington plant

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HAI) has begun production of its new HF120 turbofan engine completed at the new facility in Burlington, North Carolina. With this new engine manufacturing facility, Honda will now be building both jets and jet engines in North Carolina. Honda Aero, Inc.

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Should Chevy Volt Owners Worry About Charging Fires? Utility Says Yes, Common Sense Says No 

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A fire in Mooresille, North Carolina last week involving a 2011 Chevrolet Volt has led Duke Energy to advise its customers against charging the plug-in hybrid at home in case it starts a fire. But is the advice justified, or just another example of what happens when irrational fear of a new technology takes hold? First , the facts According to

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Governor Announces New Energy Program For Plug-in Hybrid Cars RALEIGH, N.C. -- North Carolina State University plans to launch a research hub for the development of plug-in cars, a project that has attracted the interest of both energy and automobile companies.

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OnStar and Google demonstrate concept service for managing charging Chevrolet Volts with renewable energy

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OnStar and Google are working together to demonstrate a new OnStar service for managing the charging of Chevrolet Volts with renewable energy, using the 17 Chevrolet Volts in Google’s “Gfleet” based at the company’s headquarters in Mountain View, Calif.

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US Departments of Agriculture, Energy partner to award $4.9M for bioenergy research

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The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the US Department of Energy (DOE) are partnering to award nearly $5 million in grants to scientists to study the use of plants to further bioenergy development. North Carolina State University. The ultimate goal is to develop willow cultivars with improved rust resistance that result in greater yields, wider adoption of willow bioenergy crops, and increased production of renewable energy.

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Maxwell supplying ultracaps to ABB for hybrid version of Philadelphia rail energy recuperation system

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ABB will install a hybrid version of its high-efficiency ENVILINE wayside energy recovery and storage system for the Southeast Pennsylvania Transit Authority’s (SEPTA) light rail system serving the greater Philadelphia area. When decelerating or braking, a traction vehicle (train, tram or trolleybus) is feeding the regenerated braking energy back into the DC power network. —Jacques Poulin, ABB’s product manager for energy storage and rail. Maxwell Technologies, Inc.

USDA providing $9.6M to create 9,000 acres of BCAP project areas for non-food energy crop production

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million for the creation of two new Biomass Crop Assistance Program ( BCAP ) project areas in New York and North Carolina, and the expansion of an already established BCAP project area in Arkansas. The announcement provides the opportunity to expand the use of non-food, energy crops for liquid biofuels and to help meet state mandated Renewal Portfolio Standards (RPS). The sign-up period for the New York, North Carolina and Arkansas project areas will begin 18 June 2012.

DOE awards $100M in 2nd funding round for 32 Energy Frontier Research Centers

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) is awarding $100 million in the second round of funding for Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs); research supported by this initiative will enable fundamental advances in energy production, storage, and use. Twenty-three of the projects receiving funding are headed by universities, eight are led by the Energy Department’s National Laboratories and one project is run by a non-profit organization.

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President Obama announces new $140M public-private manufacturing innovation institute focused on power electronics

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President Obama announced the selection of a consortium of businesses and universities, led by North Carolina State University, to lead a manufacturing innovation institute for next-generation power electronics. This tolerance for higher operating temperature results in better overall system reliability, enables smaller and lighter systems with reduced lifecycle energy use, and creates opportunities for new applications.

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NC State researchers identify mechanism enabling PVDF-based capacitor’s high-speed energy storage

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Researchers at North Carolina State University have identified the origin of the nonlinear dielectric response and high energy density of polyvinylidene-fluoride-based (PVDF) polymers enabling capacitors to store and release large amounts of energy quickly. Applying an electric field to the polymer causes atoms within it to polarize, which enables the capacitor to store and release energy quickly.

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Stanford’s GCEP awards $10.5M for research on renewable energy; solar cells, batteries, renewable fuels and bioenergy

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The Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP) at Stanford University has awarded $10.5 million for seven research projects designed to advance a broad range of renewable energy technologies, including solar cells, batteries, renewable fuels and bioenergy. The following Stanford faculty members received funding for advanced research on photovoltaics, battery technologies and new catalysts for sustainable fuels: Self-healing polymers for high energy density lithium-ion batteries.

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Rockwood Lithium opens new lithium production facility in Nevada; announces global price increases for lithium salts

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Rockwood Lithium has opened its expanded manufacturing facility in Kings Mountain, North Carolina. Rockwood is leveraging a $28.4-million investment from the Recovery Act to expand its North Carolina lithium production facility as well as its production operations in Silver Peak, Nevada.

DOE Awards $122M to Oak Ridge-Led Team to Establish and Operate Nuclear Energy Modeling and Simulation Energy Innovation Hub

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) has selected of a team led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) for an award of up to $122 million over five years to establish and operate a new Nuclear Energy Modeling and Simulation Energy Innovation Hub. Deputy Energy Secretary Daniel Poneman. The Nuclear Energy Innovation Hub is one of three Hubs that will receive funding in FY10. North Carolina State University, Sandia National Laboratories.

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Diversified Energy Hits Gasifier Development Milestones in DOE-Sponsored Program

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Diversified Energy Corporation has successfully completed several key milestones in an advanced gasification development program being sponsored by the US Department of Energy (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL). Diversified Energy completed a detailed design of the demonstration reactor based on results and lessons from previous testing. The fabrication activities will occur during the winter in Diversified Energy’s laboratories in Gilbert, Arizona.

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DOE awarding $12.5M to nuclear energy projects, training

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) is awarding $10.9 Additionally, the Energy Department announced today a $1.6 million investment in three university-led projects, helping to train and educate the next generation of nuclear energy scientists and engineers. Nuclear Energy Enabling Technologies (NEET) Advanced Methods for Manufacturing. Nuclear Energy Enabling Technologies (NEET) Reactor Materials. North Carolina.

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DOE to invest $16M in computational design of new materials for alt and renewable energy, electronics and other fields

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The US Department of Energy will invest $16 million over the next four years to accelerate the design of new materials through use of supercomputers. This investment in the study of excited-state phenomena in energy materials will, in addition to pushing the frontiers of science, have wide-ranging applications in areas such as electronics, photovoltaics, light-emitting diodes, information storage and energy storage.

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DOE awarding $17M to university-led nuclear energy research and development

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The US Department of Energy will award some $17 million in research grants to 23 university-led teams aimed at strengthening the research and development capabilities of American universities and colleges to develop the next generation of nuclear energy technologies and upgrade research reactors across the country. The awards are supported through DOE’s Nuclear Energy University Programs (NEUP).

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UB study finds link between ambient ozone exposure, artery wall thickness

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The longitudinal study followed nearly 7,000 people aged 45 to 84 from six US regions: Winston-Salem, North Carolina; New York City; Baltimore; St. The EPA reports that particulate matter concentrations have decreased across the nation as efforts are made to reduce vehicle emissions and use clean energy.

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US Departments of Energy and Interior unveil national offshore wind strategy and major offshore wind initiatives

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Unveiling a coordinated strategic plan to accelerate the development of offshore wind energy, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Secretary of Energy Steven Chu announced steps forward in support of offshore wind energy in the United States, including new funding opportunities for up to $50.5 million for projects that support offshore wind energy deployment and several high priority Wind Energy Areas in the mid-Atlantic.

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NC State Researchers Developing Ozonolysis Pretreatment for Energy Grass Feedstocks

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Researchers at North Carolina State University are developing an ozone-based pre-treatment technique (ozonolysis) to release sugars from the energy grass miscanthus for production into renewable fuels or chemicals with minimal generation of chemical waste streams and degradation of the carbohydrate components.

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Delta kicks off DOE-sponsored program to develop microgrid-capable solid state transformer-based 400 kW fast chargers for EVs; XFC

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Delta, a global provider of power and thermal management solutions, has commenced work on a research program, with 50% cost-share by the US Department of Energy (DOE), to develop a solid-state transformer (SST)-based extreme fast EV charger (XFC) with industry-leading capacity up to 400 kW to provide capable EVs a 180-mile range with less than 10 minutes of charging.

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Velocys establishes strategic alliance with TRI for gasification systems for BTL plants

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TRI’s multi-feedstock demonstration plant in Durham, North Carolina has run for more than 10,000 hours, and has successfully shown that the syngas it produces is well-suited to the FT process and upgrading to ASTM-certified fuels.

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Webchat with Wisconsin and NC State EcoCAR Challenge Teams; 25 Feb at 3pm ET

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The EcoCAR Challenge is a college engineering competition sponsored by GM and the US Department of Energy. EcoCAR webchat with Wisconsin and North Carolina State Universities. Members from two of the EcoCAR Challenge teams —NC State and the University of Wisconsin—will participate in a webchat today at 3pm ET.

UNL-led team greatly increases hydrogen production by T maritima; breaking the theoretical limit

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Researchers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), with colleagues from North Carolina State University and the University of Connecticut, have engineered the hyperthermophilic anaerobe Thermotoga maritima to produce 46% more hydrogen per cell than the wild type. That mutation also dramatically redirected the bacterium’s energy expenditure from cell growth to hydrogen production, creating a new strain that the researchers named Tma 200.

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USDA: $210M to be invested in renewable fuel pump infrastructure through the Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership

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The 21 states participating in the BIP include Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. A typical gasoline pump delivers fuel with 10% ethanol, which limits the amount of renewable energy that consumers can purchase.

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FPL Group and Duke Energy Pledge 10-year, $600M+ Commitment to Transition Fleets to PHEVs and EVs

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and Duke Energy last week announced a 10-year commitment to transition their company cars and trucks to plug-in hybrid or all-electric vehicles. Duke Energy and FPL Group will begin this transition in the coming years with the goal that 100% of all new fleet vehicles will be plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) or plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) by 2020. Jim Rogers, chairman, president and CEO of Duke Energy. FPL Group, Inc.

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