Saturday, January 4, 2014

Roscoe Bartlett: The Congressman Who Went Off the Grid - POLITICO Magazine

The octogenarian Republican from western Maryland—more than once labeled “the oddest congressman”—found himself gerrymandered out of office a year ago and promptly decided to take action on the warnings others wouldn’t heed, retreating to a remote property in the mountains of West Virginia where he lives with no phone service, no connection to outside power and no municipal plumbing. Having failed to safeguard the power grid for the rest of the country, Bartlett has taken himself completely off the grid. He has finally done what he pleaded in vain for others to do: “to become,” as he put it in a 2009 documentary, “independent of the system.”

TEGA CAY: More Tega Cay sewage spills; total now 190,000 gallons | Local | Lake Wylie Pilot

jmarks@lakewyliepilot.comJanuary 2, 2014 
“Due to the heavy rains of the last 24 hours,” said Tom Oakley with parent company Utilities Inc. on Dec. 29, “Tega Cay Water Service has experienced sanitary sewer overflows at several locations, some of which have reached Lake Wylie.”

Bid rival: Duke Energy SC plant would cost customers more

 John Downey
A Chicago-based power producer asserts it submitted what would have been the lowest-cost bid for a 750-megawatt natural gas plant Duke Energy Carolinas’ plans to build in Wayne County, S.C., if the bids had been fairly weighed.

Monday, December 30, 2013

For Duke’s Jim Rogers, a green energy legacy with shades of gray | Business | The State

By Bruce Henderson, December 29, 2013

Rogers, 66, is as remarkable for his longevity as for the 12 percent annual shareholder return he claims over his career or the three major mergers he engineered. The last one made Duke the nation’s biggest electric utility.

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Environmental review endorses Duke's Cherokee County nuclear plant |

Associated Press
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission study concluded that most environmental impacts of the two-reactor nuclear plant would be small.
The study says the plant would take about 4 percent of the Broad River's average volume to cool the plant. The river also cools Duke's Cliffside power plant upstream near the North Carolina-South Carolina state line.

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