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Regional Report Charlotte March 2012

The Charlotte energy sector, which President Barack Obama has repeatedly praised, features such behemoths as Duke Energy Corp. and Siemens Energy Inc., a subsidiary of Germany-based Siemens AG. But economic-development officials are quick to admit its biggest flaw: a lack of startups.

2012-03

Memories are made of this?

Once again, G.D. Gearino reviews the year that was, putting such a spin on it that 2011 feels quite dizzy.

2012-02

Regional Report Triangle February 2012

Raleigh-based Progress Energy Inc., which plans to eliminate 700-1,000 jobs after its proposed merger with Charlotte-based Duke Energy Corp., agreed to sublease 380,000 square feet at Two Progress Plaza to Red Hat Inc. through August 2035.

2012-02

Regional Report Eastern January 2012

Two eastern North Carolina wind-farm projects are having trouble shooting the breeze.

2012-01

Water war

Alcoa battles government officials over hydropower on the Yadkin River, and Badin is caught in the middle.

2012-01

The shovel-ready rate hike

Gearino: What’s the functional difference between a tax-funded federal stimulus program and Duke Energy Corp.’s recent rate-hike request?

2012-01

30 that count

The host of public television’s Carolina Business Review selects the key figures influencing the Tar Heel economy.
2011-10

Green-hued monster

Because I’m a man prone to hopeless causes — that’s what growing up an Atlanta Falcons fan will do for you — I have oodles of sympathy for people who place their faith in the idea of a “green” economy.
2011-09

Charging shales tax

I’ll start by noting this minor surprise: An immense amount of natural gas is thought to be in the ground beneath a patch of rural North Carolina, and nobody to date has evoked The Beverly Hillbillies.
2011-07

Regional Report Charlotte July11

$25,000 plus expenses. What the embattled Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (Regional Report, June) agreed to pay PricewaterhouseCoopers to review its operations.

2011-07

Duke Energy’s coal, coal heart

I don’t know how much I’ll like having Duke Energy Corp. as my power company.
2011-06

Playing the shale game

Pushing away overhanging vines, David Phillips muscles aside a rusty metal plate taller than he is and nearly as wide as his outstretched arms.

2011-01

Regional Report Charlotte November 2008

September ended in the Queen City with office towers fraught with fear and tempers flaring into fights at gasoline pumps.
2008-11

Regional Report Eastern October 2008

Offshore drilling has fueled a heated debate over tapping oil and natural-gas deposits off the North Carolina coast.
2008-10

Gain amid the pain

Ken Thompson wasn’t the only chief executive of a big Tar Heel company forced out in the past year, and given the pain shareholders are feeling, more might go.
2008-09

Bill Johnson

In October 2007, Bill Johnson went from chief operating officer to interim CEO to CEO of Progress Energy in the course of a week. It happened when Bob McGehee, his predecessor at the Raleigh-based utility, died from a stroke.
2008-08

Dhiaa Jamil

Dhiaa Jamil has seen plenty of change in his 27 years in the energy industry but admits he and other long-timers have been pleasantly surprised by the recent softening of attitudes toward nuclear power.
2008-08

Green without envy

I’m not above the occasional indulgence in cheap wordplay, and I’ll prove it with this bit of advice: If you want to make big piles of green money, go brown. “Green,” of course, is shorthand for any activity rooted in environmental improvement. Buildings are green, manufacturing is green and investments are green if the protection and nurturing of the ecology can be demonstrated — or at least claimed with a straight face. Green-ness is a powerful marketing tool these days, on par with (and first cousin to) “organic” in foods and “fair trade” in clothes and jewelry and such.
2008-06

Regional Report Eastern May 2008

Local opposition is knocking the wind out of efforts to promote renewable energy, but whether coastal ordinances that halt or tightly regulate electricity-generating windmills have them down for the count remains to be seen. The latest setback came in March, when Carteret County imposed a nine-month moratorium. In January, Currituck County started restricting where they can be built.
2008-05