nuclear power

Public gets last chance to weigh in on Duke-Progress merger

September 19, 2011 - The N.C. Utilities Commission will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, Sept. 20 about the proposed merger of Progress Energy and Duke Energy to form the nation's largest electric utility, which would operate under the Duke Energy name. The hearing represents the public's last chance to weigh in on the plan. If the merger is approved, the company would become the largest U.S. utility, worth over $35 billion and with more than 7 million customers in the Carolinas, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio.

INSTITUTE INDEX: Nuclear-powered politics

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March 21, 2011 - Amount the nuclear power industry spent on lobbying from 2000 to 2010: $600 million Amount the industry spent during that same period on campaign contributions: nearly $63 million Amount the Nuclear Energy Institute -- an industry trade group whose members include the company that owns the imperiled Japanese nuclear plant -- spent lobbying the federal government during the past three years: $6.12 million Number of federal lobbyists on the NEI's roster: more than 20

Nuclear industry turns South

April 10, 2006 - The New York Times has a revealing story today about Gaffney, South Carolina -- for all who have driven down I-85 through upstate SC, it's home of the famous "Gaffney Peach" -- and how residents are embracing a nuclear power as a possible boon for the economy: