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First fed stimulus money for high-speed rail plan likely
March 1, 2009 - The nation may soon get a tangible example of federal stimulus funding for high-speed rail service in and out of the nation's capital. The News & Observer, serving the Raleigh-Durham area, reported that North Carolina and its partner Virginia are well-positioned to be one of the first two states to receive new federal money to fund plans for high-speed rail money. These plans have been sitting mostly dormant since the early 1990s. The proposed high-speed train route would go from Charlotte to Washington via Greensboro, Raleigh and Richmond. For advocates of high-speed rail service, the hope is that other states will soon be in line to receive millions for similar funding. | More Information Here.
Progress Energy Hits Record Level in January, Reports Hopping
*IN JANUARY 2008 PROGRESS ENERGY CUSTOMERS in Western North Carolina set a new record for peak electric demand: a one-hour average of 984 MW. Such numbers weren’t expected until 2011. But that number was blown away in January 2009 when a new record for peak electric demand hit 1050 MW. | This report was filed on Feb. 13, 2009, by local author and journalist Mike Hopping. It is part of his ongoing Electrifying Developments 2 series that examines the electric utilities and power consumption in WNC. He reports in his copyrighted article: "This winter, on the morning of January 16th, WNC blew that mark away. According to the revised estimate of Progress system planner Sam Waters, we burned through 1050 MW, far surpassing the company’s peak demand forecast for 2015. The news set a grim and occasionally contentious tone for the February 13th meeting of Progress Energy’s Community Energy Advisory Council (CEAC). | For more excerpts, Click Here>
Cape Requests Energy Conservation
*IN HER MOST RECENT E-NEWSLETTER, Asheville Council member Robin Cape urged citizens to conserve energy | Cape cites the need to conserve now in light of last week's record energy usage reported by Progress Energy | To read the complete article, Click Here> | To read Cape's recap of 2008, Click Here>