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Saturday, January 19, 2019

$4.9B Duke-Piedmont deal gets FTC approval

Consumer protection agency the Federal Trade Commission approved Duke Energy’s proposed $4.9 billion acquisition of Piedmont Natural Gas, clearing a key antitrust hurdle on the road to finalizing the deal.

Greenville startup Constructis plugs for kinetic roadways

Roadway energy harvesting might not be a new idea, but linking it with the Internet of Things may at least bring new possibilities. That’s the hope of Greenville-based SC Launch firm Constructis, which is one step closer to its plan to blend zero-emission autonomous energy with connected sensors for roadways.

Upstate businesses asked to help state with clean energy plan

South Carolina would be required to cut carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030 under a new federal rule, and the state Department of Health and Environmental Control will be in the Upstate on Nov. 19 to get input on how to do that.

Fluor manages construction of nuclear projects

Fluor Corporation was named by Westinghouse Electric Company LLC to manage construction of two Westinghouse AP1000 nuclear power reactor projects in Georgia and South Carolina.

ITIC to lead electric vehicle research with dynamic wireless car charging

Lose the cables. Soon, consumers might be able to charge their electric cars while driving down the highway, thanks to research in Greenville at the International Transportation Innovation Center (ITIC).

Duke scraps plans for substation, transmission line

Duke Energy said Wednesday it will scrap plans for a new substation in Campobello and a controversial 45-mile transmission line that would have cut through the mountains in the Upstate and western North Carolina.

Greenville-based GE Power & Water combines with Alstom Power to form...

GE’s 3,500-person Power & Water operations in Greenville are shifting in the wake of GE’s $10.6 billion acquisition of Alstom’s power and grid businesses. The new entity, GE Power, will be headquartered in Schenectady, N.Y., but will not mean workforce changes for its Greenville operations, said officials today.

Duke Energy issues RFPs for solar projects

Duke Energy last week issued a request for proposals (RFP) for about 53 megawatts (AC) of utility-scale solar capacity to be in-service in its South Carolina service areas by the end of 2016.

Court will likely have to decide whether proposed Palmetto Pipeline could...

Pipeline company, AG differ in law’s interpretation

New DHEC director Catherine Heigel talks about the human element

Former general counsel at Elliott Davis Decosimo and Duke Energy president Catherine Heigel was recently confirmed as the new executive director of the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC). She talks with UBJ about motivating employees and making them feel valued.

Clemson leads research of using crops for sustainable energy

Abengoa Energy Crops committed more than $1 million annually to support a three-year research project in South Carolina on the use of different trees and grass-like species to produce sustainable biomass for energy.

Oconee to get $1M natural gas test plant

“This facility expansion will give us enhanced capabilities to test natural gas vehicle components, which are an integral part of the strategic plan for the control technologies business.”

Duke to convert coal-burning Asheville plant to natural gas

The Charlotte-based utility announced this week its plans to retire the coal plant at Lake Julian while building a new natural gas-powered site that includes creation of solar energy – a week after Duke Energy pleaded guilty in federal court to nine criminal violations of the federal Clean Water Act related to coal ash polluting the Dan River in North Carolina.

Duke begins coal ash cleanup in Anderson County

Duke Energy has said it planned to move the coal ash to a more permanent location than the unlined areas in the 696-acre site in Belton.

ENERGY 2030: Biomass and solar will play a part in the...

A small but growing energy industry could mean a lot of green for South Carolina -- and as one of the most nuclear-dependent states in the country, the next two decades could be crucial in determining South Carolina’s nuclear future, particularly since operating licenses for all seven existing nuclear units in the state are set to expire between 2033 and 2043.

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