Duke Energy says it didn’t mean to imply that there were any reliability issues expected during this morning’s cold snap when it sent a text message urging people to conserve energy. Plus, Fat Con is being held in Seattle this weekend and it’s sold out! Listen Here:

After Duke Energy put tens of thousands of its customers in the dark with rolling blackouts on Christmas Eve, interest in residential rooftop solar panels has soared, according to Preston Moore from EMPWRsolar. Listen Here:

Duke Energy spokesman Randy Wheeless joins Pete to talk about North Carolina's initiative to build two solar energy facilities in the state to take a look at an alternative type of energy production. 

Duke Energy Communications Director Randy Wheeless stops by Pete's spot at the Charlotte Auto Show to talk about how more electric cars will affect how much you fork over for your heating and cooling bills. 


"The plan will consolidate the space the company occupies in the Charlotte area over the next several years with the goal of reducing its footprint from approximately 2.5 million square feet to approximately 1 million square feet," according to a statement by Duke Energy.


The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed the crash of a Bell 429 helicopter and said they were in the process of assessing the accident on Thursday. The agency also said they would be assisting the National Transportation Safety Board's Charlotte-based team with their investigation of the incident. 


“The North Carolina utilities Commission as well as the North Carolina Supreme Court has affirmed these are prudent costs and is part of producing electricity for our customers," Duke Energy spokesperson Meredith Archie told WBTV. “Duke Energy has been producing energy from coal-fired units for decades. And so a byproduct of this is coal ash."