NC WARN is Solarizing the Triad now through April 17!
Solarize makes it cheaper and easier than ever to go solar. Our programs in Durham and Chatham added 490 kilowatts of solar to 97 rooftops in 2014.
Other organizations have solarized Charlotte, Raleigh and Western NC — for a grand total of nearly 1.4 megawatts of new solar energy.
Learn more at solarize-nc.org.
A pipe from a Duke Energy coal ash dump in Eden, NC broke on February 2, 2014, spilling tons of toxic ash into the Dan River. Find out what we’re doing to hold Duke Energy accountable.
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Sign our petition to hold Duke Energy accountable for responsible coal ash cleanup!
Photo by Phil Fonville.
Many scientists warn that we are likely to pass the tipping point for irreversible climate change within this decade. NC WARN, founded in the late 1980s, is working to avert runaway climate and economic chaos by pressing Duke Energy – the largest corporate utility in the world – to join the clean energy revolution, or at least stop impeding it. We need your help.
Duke Energy’s business model is a dinosaur. Help press Dukeasaurus to stop using its monopoly status to block clean, affordable energy.
The N.C. Supreme Court has upheld the most recent Duke Energy Carolinas rate increase, ruling in the last of a spate of challenges to Duke utility rate cases filed by the N.C. Attorney General’s office and advocacy groups….NC WARN Executive Director Jim Warren responded that the decision amounts to the court allowing Duke “to continue rigging electricity rates against small customers.”
NC WARN is increasing our legal and grassroots support for Lee-Chatham citizen groups, local governments and nonprofit allies opposing the clay mine scheme, just as we are helping communities already impacted by coal ash to fight for justice amid this ongoing statewide catastrophe.
“This is a statewide problem,” Nick Wood, an organizer for NC Warn, a nonprofit energy-industry watchdog, told a group of people gathered at the volunteer fire department in Moncure on Thursday night to discuss strategy. “We need a statewide solution.”
The state Utilities Commission rejected both proposals and kept the basic framework for solar the same. Legal counsel with NC WARN, John Runkle, says the issue at hand is the real value of solar is not being recognized, and the rules allow Duke Energy to slow-walk contract and interconnection negotiations.
The NC Utilities Commission’s New Year’s Eve order in the Avoided Cost docket allows Duke Energy and the Koch Brothers to continue beating down our once-growing solar power industry. Solar companies have made clear that they need regulators to improve contract conditions in order to force Duke to quit stalling large independent solar projects.
Duke Energy, others manipulate electricity markets, waste billions of customer dollars as power plants sit idle while more are being built, says watchdog group
Duke Energy building unneeded power plants, group claims - The News & Observer
Watchdog group files federal complaint against Duke Energy and Southeastern utilities - The Charlotte Observer
NC WARN Executive Director Jim Warren says the ad accuses Duke of telling “fish stories” about its support for solar. Warren says solar developers told regulators this summer that changes in state solar rules proposed by Duke and other utilities made would strangle the industry.
Several environmental watchdog groups will host a forum and discussion Thursday at the New Bern-Craven County Public Library on the topic, “Coal Ash Ponds on Our Rivers.”
Every year coal-burning power plants generate not only electricity, but a staggering amount of leftover coal ash that contains heavy metals unhealthy to humans. Yet due in part to intense industry lobbying, there are no federal regulations on its disposal. It’s left to the states to oversee some of the most powerful utility companies in the country.
In 2014, Duke’s delivered little but calamity, especially in Florida, where customers serve as company punching bags. But even in its home state of North Carolina, Duke fumbled. Now it’s busy downplaying a horrible environmental spill of its own making. A toxic sludge of 39,000 tons of arsenic-laced coal ash and 27,000 gallons of contaminated water now coats nearly 70 miles of the once-scenic Dan River.
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