According to a 2015 poll by Conservatives for Clean Energy, over 86% of NC voters – across the political spectrum – support policies promoting solar power. But Duke Energy is using its corporate muscle to limit the growth of solar.
Through the Sharing Solar fund, NC WARN’s Solarize programs help low-income homeowners and renters benefit from solar. Help us put solar on land trust apartments in Durham. Only $7,500 more needed to help 4 tenants slash costly electric bills.
Solarize campaigns by NC WARN and others have added 2.26 megawatts of new solar power on 436 roofs in NC since 2013.
Church, climate justice partner announce third party deal, saying state needs energy competition, not monopoly control of rooftops
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.
Read about the coalition of communities affected by coal ash — Alliance of Carolinians Together Against Coal Ash — that was launched in September 2015.
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.
It’s tragic that Duke Energy, the Koch Brothers and their pro-fossil fuel front groups such as the John Locke Foundation, Civitas and Americans for Prosperity were able to recklessly disrupt North Carolina’s once-growing renewable energy industry.
“This is not something that we can drop a few million dollars and make some nice news reel and put it away,” said Bobby Jones, also from Goldsboro. “This is killing people in our state.”
People from across North Carolina who have been impacted in some way by coal ash have announced a new alliance that combines environmental groups and other advocacy groups.
Residents from across the state gathered in Raleigh today to announce a new alliance of North Carolinians directly impacted by coal ash and to call on Duke Energy, the General Assembly, the Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources, and Governor McCrory to find permanent, safe solutions for coal ash that protect all communities from the toxic waste.
We have all heard about President Obama’s “war on coal,” but the challenges facing the coal industry are much more complex than the “war” label would imply. There is a war on energy, but the target is not coal, it is wind and solar energy.
The church, it turns out, did not pay to install the solar panels, like a homeowner would. Instead, NC Warn, an advocacy group, paid for the panels and is selling electricity back to the church at about half the rate Duke Energy charges.
It’s called third-party sales, and it’s illegal in just four states in the country: North Carolina, Oklahoma, Kentucky, and Florida.
Duke Energy is telling the news media it is already on track to meet carbon reduction targets in the new EPA Clean Power Plan, which calls for 32 percent lower emissions from electric power plants by 2030. This is countered by available data and appears to be a dangerous fiction – more greenwashing of the corporate image.
Riveting new study by Dr. James Hansen and 16 co-authors shows prospects for rapid sea level rise and damaging superstorms are worse than previously predicted. CBS Evening News and the Washington Post covered the story.
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.
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.
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.