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Debunking Duke Energy Deception over Emissions, Coal Plant Closures — News Release from NC WARN

NC WARN urges news outlets to scrutinize the corporate PR more closely. CEO Lynn Good repeated the greenwashing stats yet again at the May 7 stockholder meeting: emissions are down, and we’ve closed more than 20 coal-fired power plants. NC WARN’s analysis shows why that claim is bogus.

Greensboro African American Clergy Support Solar Policies

A group of African American clergy in Greensboro sent a letter to the North Carolina General Assembly urging them to support the pending solar energy legislation in the state.

Read the letter, and see the clergy who signed on, here.

Will Duke Energy Leave Poisoned Sites Behind? — News Release from NC WARN

Today NC WARN sent [Duke Energy] CEO Lynn Good a letter seeking information about Duke’s intentions [for contaminated coal ash dumpsites].  We also urged her to correct the lousy, secretive process that has led to growing public mistrust about Duke’s coal ash plans.

Editors Beware Solar Deception by Duke, Kochs, Allies — News Release from NC WARN

The national campaign by entrenched fossil fuel corporations to stanch the rapid growth of solar power is now playing out full-bore in the North Carolina legislative and public opinion arenas. What needs to be a healthy debate about our state’s electricity and climate path forward is being hijacked by Duke Energy and Koch brother forces that are distorting issues in dire need of clarity.

Red tape preventing Greensboro church from getting solar energy — News & Record

It’s the latest chapter in a solar industry saga in which North Carolina soars above other states in many categories of solar deployment linked to large-scale commercial power projects, but paradoxically it lags in dispersing this burgeoning technology onto rooftops throughout its cities and rural areas.

Freedom Act would allow third-party sales of solar power in N.C. — News & Record

If it [the Energy Freedom Act] becomes law, it would legalize the solar partnership between NC WARN and the Greensboro church without the need for commission approval of the local plan, which is aimed at trailblazing a method of financing that could make solar-energy system affordable for more people.

NC WARN Denounces Duke Energy Coal Ash Plan — News Release from NC WARN

NC WARN is strongly opposed to Duke Energy’s announcement today that it plans to transfer its coal ash negligence to Chatham and Lee counties.

Greensboro church installs solar panels, challenges Duke on selling electricity — News & Record

Faith Community Church and the advocacy group NC WARN unveiled a partnership in which the Durham-based nonprofit has installed solar panels on the African American congregation’s rooftop to produce electricity for sale to the church.

NC WARN Again Urges Feds to Investigate Southeastern Oversupply of Electricity — News Release from NC WARN

NC WARN has called on federal regulators to reconsider their decision not to investigate the costs and benefits of a regional strategy to share electricity supply. In denying our call for investigation on April 30, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ignored Duke Energy’s misrepresentation of NC WARN’s factual and legal position.
NC WARN’s motion for reconsideration
NC WARN’s original federal complaint filed with FERC
Glut in Southeastern Electric Supply as Monopolies Keep Building Plants, Raising Rates — News Release from NC WARN
Map of Southeastern Glut
Regulatory Contortion allows Duke, others to gouge customers — News Release from NC WARN

Solar power and competition are good for all customers — Winston Salem Journal

It is curious that Duke Energy is aggressively lobbying against the new Energy Freedom Act, bipartisan state legislation that would open the door to rooftop solar competition, thereby helping the same low-wealth communities for which Duke now professes concern.

Regulatory Contortion allows Duke, others to gouge customers — News Release from NC WARN

Despite huge amounts of excess power generation capacity on hand now and for decades to come – and dozens of large power plants sitting idle most of the year – protected monopoly utilities across the southeast keep building more plants instead of buying power from each other as federal regulators have urged.

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