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A mountain of coal ash has been reduced to the original ground level near Riverbend.
David Boraks / WFAE

A string of decisions by North Carolina regulators this year means electricity consumers could be seeing a multibillion-dollar bill to clean up mountains of waste Duke Energy created over decades burning coal to produce power.

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Duke Energy says state regulators' Friday order denying its request for a rate hike in its western North Carolina territory could still mean a small rate increase for customers. 

Duke Energy headquarters in Charlotte.
David Boraks / WFAE

State regulators have rejected Duke Energy's request for a rate increase and instead ordered slight rate reductions in its western North Carolina territory, including Charlotte. The order doesn't say exactly what Duke's new rates will be, and it's still possible some customers could see slight rate increases.

JOSH STEIN

North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein says a proposed settlement that would allow Duke Energy to begin charging customers for electric grid improvements is unfair to ratepayers. That's in a filing with utilities regulators Friday in response to Duke's proposed agreement with a group of environmental and business groups.  

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North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has joined governors from four other coastal states in opposing proposed federal legislation that sets new rules for offshore oil and gas production. 

A Duke Energy substation.
Duke Energy

The state's utility consumer advocate and other groups are opposing Duke Energy's agreement earlier this month to limit a planned $7.8 billion electric grid modernization program.  The North Carolina Utilities Commission Public Staff, the environmental group NC WARN, and the Carolina Utility Customers Association say the program would result in unacceptably higher rates.

Construction begins this summer on the Rodanthe Bridge, a 2-4 mile span that goes into Pamlico Sound to avoid Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge.
NCDOT

A federal judge's order this week lets construction go ahead on a project designed to solve frequent storm damage on part of NC 12 at North Carolina's Outer Banks. It's an elevated roadway that takes the road off Hatteras Island and into Pamlico Sound, north of Rodanthe. 

The agreement calls for Duke to expand the use of battery storage in rural areas.
Duke Energy

Duke Energy has reached a deal with environmental and business groups that could limit how long it can charge customers for improvements to the energy grid in western North Carolina.  The partial settlement comes as Duke awaits a decision from regulators on a proposed 10 percent rate increase.

Duke Energy on Thursday announced more than $1.2 million in new grants to support environmental and wildlife programs in the Carolinas and Virginia.  The grants are from the company’s $10 million Water Resources Fund.

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Mooresville-based Lowe's said Tuesday it will phase out sales of paint strippers containing methylene chloride and the solvent NMP by year's end.  The move comes amid a push by environmental groups to outlaw the chemicals, which can be lethal if inhaled.

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