Duke Energy & Progress Energy Merger

My research in rhetoric of science and technology began with a business move of local interest that captures well the complex relationship between science, technology, and the public: a proposed public utilities merger between Duke Energy and Progress Energy here in the Carolinas. This merger had important implications for the energy sector, nuclear energy, and ratepayers across the country. Ashley R. Kelly and I studied the merger since the day that it was announced, January 10, 2011. It was eventually approved by the North Carolina Utilities Commission, despite protests from local advocacy groups such as NC WARN.

Publications

Kinsella, W. J., Kelly, A. R., & Kittle Autry, M. (2013). Risk, regulation, and rhetorical boundaries: claims and challenges surrounding a purported nuclear renaissance. Communication monographs, 80.3, 278-301.

Kittle Autry, Meagan, & Kelly, Ashley R. (2012). Merging Duke Energy and Progress Energy: Online Public Discourse, Post-Fukushima Reactions, and the Absence of Environmental CommunicationEnvironmental Communication 6.2, 278-284. 

Scholarly Presentations

Kelly, Ashley R. & Kittle Autry, Meagan. (May 7, 2012). “Nuclear power and North Carolina energy companies.” Second Annual School of Public and International Affairs and College of Humanities and Social Sciences Conference on Shale Gas and Nuclear Power: The Bridge to a Renewable Energy Future? North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina.

Kittle Autry, Meagan & Kelly, Ashley R. (April 11, 2012). “Looking global, speaking local: Fukushima Dai-ichi and nuclear energy discourse in the Carolinas.” Global Engagement Exposition. North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina.

Kelly, Ashley R. & Kittle Autry, Meagan. (March 20, 2012). “Temporal Trends in Digitally-Mediate Environmental Debate: An Analysis Across Media to Assess Social Media Use in Local Environmental Debate.” Graduate Student Research Symposium. North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina. *Awarded third place honors in the Humanities and Design Division.*

Kittle Autry, Meagan & Kelly, Ashley R. (February 18, 2012). “Merging Duke and Progress Energy: Examining Rhetorical Boundary Work in Nuclear Energy Discourses in the Carolinas.” Carolina Rhetoric Conference. Clemson, SC.

Kelly, Ashley R. & Kittle Autry, Meagan. (April 15, 2011). “Pilot study: Duke-Progress Merger.” Environments, Risks, & Digital Media Symposium. North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina.

Kittle Autry, Meagan. (November 5, 2011.) “Nuclear Fallout: Shifting Discourse Concerning Nuclear Energy Post-Fukushima Dai-ichi.” Society for Social Studies of Science. Cleveland, Ohio.

Invited Talks

Kittle Autry, Meagan. (April 19, 2012). “Communication Patterns on Twitter.com in Response to Duke-Progress Energy Merger.” For Progress Energy Corporate Communication Department. Raleigh, North Carolina. With Ashley R. Kelly

 

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