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Archive for November, 2013

Duke Energy Progress rates to drop slightly

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Duke Energy Progress says its customers in North Carolina will pay less for electricity starting Sunday.

The power company, formerly known as Progress Energy, says as approved by the NC Utilities Commission (NCUC), the bill for a residential customer using 1,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity per month will decrease $2.12, or nearly two percent, from $111.39 to $109.27.

The decrease reflects changes in three components of the rates residential customers pay. The changes, based on a monthly 1,000-kWh bill, include:

-A decrease of $1.22 in the monthly amount customers are charged for fuels used to generate electricity;
-a decrease of 68 cents in the monthly charge used to pay for energy-efficiency and demand-side management programs; and
-a decrease of 22 cents per month in the charge for adding renewable energy as required under state law.

Commercial customers would see an average 2.2 percent decrease per month, and industrial customers would see an average 1.1 percent monthly decrease.

“We know that electricity makes up a significant portion of customer expenses, and that any rate reduction can benefit North Carolina families and businesses,” said Paul Newton, Duke Energy president – North Carolina. “Lower costs and efficiencies achieved as a result of our merger have helped to provide savings that we can pass on to our customers in the coming year. We will continue to work to provide safe, reliable, affordable and increasingly clean energy now and in the future.”

Under North Carolina’s energy law passed in 2007, Duke Energy Progress was required to supply customers with renewable energy equivalent to three percent of retail sales by 2012. The utility says it met that requirement, which increases to 12.5 percent in 2021.

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$7 milk a possibility as Congress heads home for Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A trip to the super market could cost a lot more next year unless Congress gets to work soon.

Congress left for Thanksgiving break without passing the Farm Bill. If Ccongress does not pass the bill before Jan. 1, it may cause prices of staples like corn, soybeans and wheat to soar.

“An increase in those animal feeds can cause a price cause an increase in the final product and could make it harder for our local farmers to make their livelihood,” said Kathryn Waple, produce and meat manager at Wilmington’s Tidal Creek Co-op.

This means products like milk, which costs about $3.50 a gallon now, could double to about $7 a gallon if Congress does not take action.

“We have a lot of subsidies that are really not appropriate for this day and time, and I look more towards local solutions to these rising costs,” shopper Casey McCreery said.

Perhaps the biggest sticking point for the farm bill is funding for food stamps. The House wants to cut $40 billion in funding over 10 years forcing about 14 million people from the aid program. The Senate version of the farm bill would cut about $4 billion by targeting fraud and abuse.

Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-7th District) is a senior member of the House Agriculture Committee and a proponent of the Farm Bill. He was in wilmington today for a series of events, but when we tried to talk with him, he said he did not have time to talk until later in the day in Elizabethtown.

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Hundreds attend funeral of Lejeune Marine killed in Duplin Co. plane crash

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

JACKSONVILLE, NC (WCTI) — He died in a plane crash while on his way to a fellow Marine’s funeral. On Tuesday, it was his own funeral that drew hundreds of mourners.

Family and friends remembered the life of Camp Lejeune Maj. Luke Parker during a service Tuesday morning at First Baptist Church on Gum Branch Road in Jacksonville. The ceremony began with Maj. Parker’s 10-year-old daughter performing a song.

Parker, who worked as a special operations instructor at Camp Lejeune, will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia beginning at 9 a.m. on Dec. 3.

Click here to read more at WCTI12.com

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Wolverine comic issues co-written by local

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

A local animal rights advocate takes on one more animal-like figure this week

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UNCW branding initiative survey ends soon

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

UNCW's branding initiative is officially underway, but your chance to add your opinion is drawing to a close.

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