NC WARN is calling for state regulators to assess millions of dollars in damages against Duke Energy Carolinas for what the watchdog group says are “egregious and pervasive” violations in the utility’s current rate case. Economist Bill Marcus of Sacramento-based JBS Energy, Inc. [states]: “Disallowance of the expense is clearly not enough. If it was not for NC WARN, the utility could have gotten away with this flagrant abuse from the highest levels of the company for years.”
- NC WARN is tackling the accelerating crisis posed by climate change. We must replace energy from coal and natural gas with energy efficiency and clean power generation as quickly as possible
- In partnership with allies, including Greenpeace, AARP-NC, the NC Housing Coalition and the NC Justice Center, NC WARN is working to change Duke Energy Progress’ business model of building unneeded, expensive power plants and repeatedly raising our electricity rates
- Duke Energy Progress is now the largest electricity corporation in the world. Shifting them away from fossil fuels could be the global game-changer humanity needs to avert runaway climate catastrophe
NC WARN Video Blog
- June 5th, 2013
Are you ready for the clean energy future? Are you sick of the utilities dragging their feet on the way there? Click the title above to learn about our campaign to keep Duke Energy from charging residential and small-business customers for big, dirty power plants we don’t even need. Sign our rate hike petition. Learn about our Speak Out Trainings that will help you prepare to testify at one of these Duke Energy rate hike hearings:
May 21, Franklin
May 22, Marion
June 19, Winston-Salem
June 26, Charlotte
July 2, Hillsborough
July 8, Raleigh
- June 1st, 2013
On May 1, we ran a full-page ad in the Charlotte Observer, together with Greenpeace, urging Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers to be a climate leader by acting decisively to slow climate change. Read what the Charlotte Observer wrote about our ad and Rogers’ response. At the same time, Greenpeace Executive Director Phil Radford and NC WARN Executive Director Jim Warren sent a letter to Rogers, calling on him to walk his talk on climate change.
Help us keep the pressure on
Duke Energy and CEO Jim Rogers
to move decisively toward a
responsible energy future.
- May 1st, 2013
Duke Energy’s business model is a dinosaur. Call on Jim Rogers to be a climate hero!
Is NC Governor a Duke Energy Millionaire Whose Wealth Will Rise Alongside Customers’ Power Bills? — News Release from NC WARN
- March 4th, 2013
- March 1st, 2013
An outside contractor hired to look for flaws in a Duke Energy nuclear reactor near Raleigh last year missed a quarter-inch spot of corrosion and cracking near the reactor core that forced a full shutdown last month after new eyes reviewing year-old data found the problem, federal regulators said Thursday. … The plant returned to full power Sunday. … Inspectors said they’re still trying to figure out why a pair of expert-level outside analysts independently failed to spot the problem, and why the spot wasn’t caught by later reviews of the data last year. A final NRC inspection report will be released by July 11.
- June 12th, 2013
Statement from Greenpeace, AARP NC and NC WARN. The state agency that supposedly represents North Carolina electricity customers has cut a deal with Duke Energy to settle a controversial rate hike request. The NC Utilities Commission’s Public Staff announced the deal today before even considering evidence being prepared by public interest groups, businesses and local governments – and before public hearings set for Winston-Salem, Charlotte and Hillsborough.
- June 11th, 2013
Each year, Duke Energy charges North Carolina ratepayers for money poured onto groups representing both major political parties at the federal and state levels, according to documents obtained by NC WARN during the discovery phase of Duke’s current rate hike request. Second installment of our Burning the Public series.
Duke is trying to charge families, small businesses $8 million annually for industrial schmoozing. First in a series of revelations NC WARN will roll out as our legal team reviews thousands of documents gained in Duke’s new rate case.
- May 20th, 2013
At a public meeting this evening, NC WARN will seek clarification on a number of questions regarding revelations that Duke Energy’s Harris nuclear plant operated for over a year with a quarter-inch crack in the reactor vessel head. Here are four good TV news stories on the May 15 shutdown of the Shearon Harris nuclear power plant:
Harris plant neighbors seek answers over nuclear shutdown (WNCT)
Wake County nuclear plant shut down (WTVD)
‘Flaw’ forces shutdown of Harris nuclear plant (WNCN)
Crack forces shutdown of nuclear reactor at Shearon Harris (WRAL)
UPDATE June 13: NRC still seeking why spot missed at Shearon Harris plant (AP)
Discrepancies in Duke Energy’s 20-year Plan Require Full Hearing, Cross Examination — News Release from NC WARN
- May 14th, 2013
In a motion filed yesterday, NC WARN, Greenpeace and the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League thanked the NC Utilities Commission for its May 10 order questioning Duke’s compliance with state rules requiring “the least cost mix of generation and demand‑reduction measures which is achievable” and called on state regulators to schedule full hearings over discrepancies between statutory requirements, Duke’s official filings and public statements made by CEO Jim Rogers.
- May 10th, 2013
Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers talks in this week’s print edition of the Charlotte Business Journal about allowing commercial subsidiary Duke Energy Renewables to compete with solar developers in North Carolina to sell power to Duke Energy Carolinas and Duke Energy Progress.
Greenpeace, NC WARN and NC Interfaith Power and Light thank the North Carolina Utilities Commission for challenging Duke Energy to provide an explanation for why the company is not pursuing energy efficiency and renewable energy that would result in lower rates for North Carolina’s families and small businesses.