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Local Groups Move to Protect Sunset Beach and Bird Island

On behalf of the Sunset Beach Taxpayers Association and North Carolina Coastal Federation, the Southern Environmental Law Center filed a request for a hearing with the N.C. Division of Coastal Management as the required first step in challenging the state permit for a private developer to bulldoze 15 acres of protective dunes along the Sunset Beach, N.C., oceanfront to allow for building 21 houses.  The request was filed Friday, July 8.


Backroom Dealing Taints Yet Another Duke Energy Case

NC regulators endorse $6 billion Duke-PNG merger prior to hearing while telling other parties’ witnesses “don’t bother”

For at least the fifth straight time in a major Duke Energy case, state regulators have undermined any semblance of fair process – this time by cutting a backroom deal with the utility in a $6 billion merger with Piedmont Natural Gas even before receiving input from either the public or formal parties to the case.  The NC Utilities Commission took the extra step this time of granting Duke’s request to disallow testimonies by two natural gas experts fielded by NC WARN and allies.

Once again, the regulators (the commission and its so-called Public Staff) have turned a complex, multi-billion dollar case into a rubber-stamp proceeding where Duke Energy avoids scrutiny as it plows forward with a major expansion of high-risk, climate-busting fracked gas.


Cree Named LED Lighting Supplier for Pilot and Flying J Stores across North America



Cree, Inc. announced an agreement with Pilot Flying J, the largest operator of travel centers in North America, to install indoor and outdoor LED lighting at select locations. The agreement provides for a retrofit of interior and exterior lighting, to include parking lot canopies, downlights and area luminaires for various new and existing travel centers. Using Cree's high-performing LED lighting with SmartCast® Technology, the project is anticipated to generate significant energy savings and eliminate nearly all lighting-related maintenance costs over the duration of Cree’s industry-leading 10 year warranty.


Shirley Coyle Assumes Presidency of the IES (2016 - 2017)

Shirley Coyle, LC, assumes the office of President of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North AmericaShirley Coyle, LC, assumes the office of President of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES), the international leader in lighting education, standards, publications and professional development. Coyle succeeds Mark Roush.

Coyle is President of Cree Canada, a business unit of Cree, Inc. During her career, she has worked for several international lighting companies and has been Lighting Certified since 2000.


Court Asked to Stop U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service from Capturing and Killing Wild Red Wolves


Conservation groups asked the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina to stop the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) from capturing and killing—and authorizing private landowners to capture and kill—members of the rapidly dwindling population of wild red wolves. The conservation groups—represented in court by the Southern Environmental Law Center—are the Red Wolf Coalition, Defenders of Wildlife, and the Animal Welfare Institute.


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