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Critics skeptical of claim that coal ash cleanup is finished — ABC 11

It’s the headline that has environmentalists and folks who live along the Dan River so fired up: “Duke Energy Completes Cleanup Work Along the Dan River.” In Rockingham County, they just don’t believe that, or they don’t understand it. “If you get out and go three inches deep in the sand, you’re in coal ash,” said Ben Adkins.

NC utilities panel will delve into cost of green energy — Charlotte Observer

In a proceeding that could boost or dampen North Carolina’s fast-growing solar industry, the N.C. Utilities Commission is taking a new look at the rates utilities pay for renewable energy.

NC House Passes Tillis-Duke Burn-the-Public Coal Ash Bill — Statement from NC WARN

The NC House has just passed a “Thom Tillis-Duke Energy Burn the Public” coal ash bill. The bill leaves North Carolinians at the mercy of two regulators — DENR and the Utilities Commission — that have sorry track records of backroom dealing with Duke Energy on issues involving safety and electric rate fairness. There will be very little clean-up, but the public will likely pay billions as Duke turns coal ash failure into a profit center.

UTILITIES: Is Duke Energy following its home state’s turn to the right? — Greenwire

Jim Warren, executive director of the advocacy group NC WARN, said he sympathizes with Rogers’ push for a greener future but adds that North Carolina, where Duke is still dominated by fossil fuels, has little to show for his efforts. Duke is currently 41 percent coal, 33 percent nuclear, 24 percent gas, and 2 percent hydropower and solar energy.

Duke Energy still considering making request to pay less for solar power — Charlotte Business Journal

Duke Energy still wants to pay less to the owners of rooftop solar power systems from whom it buys electricity to feed back into its grid. But the utility provider won’t say until later this year how much less and when.

“Duke Hates Solar” Campaign Launched by NC WARN — News Release from NC WARN

Today NC WARN began an intensive statewide public and legal campaign to expose Duke Energy’s efforts to stifle North Carolina’s growing solar power industry at both the rooftop and large-scale levels.

NC solar project helps renewable energy, but a bigger boost is needed — News & Observer

This N&O editorial is consistent with NC WARN’s view: that Duke Energy is not doing enough to promote solar power.

There’s good news for alternative energy and northeastern North Carolina in the announcement that Duke Energy Renewables will build a massive solar energy project in Pasquotank County. But this sunny story also casts a shadow.

91% of NC Voters Say Duke Energy Shareholders Must Pay to Clean Up ALL Coal Ash Dumps — News Release from NC WARN

A new poll shows that, overwhelmingly across the political spectrum, North Carolina voters say that Duke Energy shareholders – not customers – should pay to clean up all of the utility’s 33 toxic coal ash dumps, and that those whose negligence caused the disastrous Dan River ash spill deserve to be penalized.

Duke’s Burn-the-Public Coal Ash Bill Being Pushed by NC Senate — News Release from NC WARN

Duke Energy’s lobbyists have persuaded North Carolina senate leaders to propose a Burn-the-Public bill that would provide minimal clean-up of the utility’s 33 leaking coal ash dumps, and maximal abuse of electricity customers and those physically impacted by toxic coal ash.

Duke can Afford to Pay for Coal Ash Cleanup without Rate Hikes, New Analysis Says — News Release from IEEFA

A new analysis of the financial position of Duke Energy and Duke Energy Carolinas shows that the companies can afford to pay the expected $2 to $10 billion for coal ash cleanup in North Carolina without new rate hikes for their customers.

NC lawmakers cannot kick Duke’s ash can down the road — The News & Observer

Op-Ed by Jim Warren. Closing our eyes won’t make Duke Energy’s toxic coal ash dumps go away. This tragedy for Dan River communities has now expanded into an enormous statewide toxic waste challenge requiring unprecedented leadership. The General Assembly cannot kick the ash can down the road.

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