NC WARN and the conservative John Locke Foundation agree that increased competition in the North Carolina electricity market would help customers benefit from the rapid changes occurring in the U.S. electricity marketplace. The groups are sponsoring two public forums.
Watch a video of the February 26 forum.
See details of the March 20 forum.
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.
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A group of protesters rallied outside the Executive Mansion in Raleigh Wednesday to demand stricter regulations on Duke Energy. The protesters demanded that Gov. Pat McCrory “come clean on the coal ash spill and his own personal financial ties to Duke Energy.”
The NC Court of Appeals today denied NC WARN’s challenge to the 2012 corporate merger that created the world’s largest electric utility. We believe the Court erred and we are likely to appeal to the NC Supreme Court.
The Triangle Duke Energy Action group will hold a rally Friday to call on Duke Energy to stop making people pay a fee if they pay their electric bills in person.
The State of Things host Frank Stasio talks with Jim Warren, NC WARN’s executive director, and Jon Sanders, the John Locke Foundation’s director of regulatory studies, about the two groups’ public forum calling for increased competition in the power industry and challenging Duke Energy’s monopoly on electricity in the state.
In a state where economic, energy and environmental concerns grow more intensely intertwined, the assertive environmental nonprofit group NC WARN is working with the conservative nonprofit John Locke Foundation to sponsor two public forums calling for increased competition in the electricity market.
Attorney John Runkle asks, “Where are the savings for consumers? The merger was billed as a better deal for North Carolina consumers. Duke has gone up in rates in 2009, 2011 and then last year…Progress had their first rate case in over 20 years, so the rates are going up.” Runkle represents the energy watchdog group NC WARN, which is still in the process of appealing the merger.
Duke Energy is in discussion with large companies, including Google and Facebook, to use renewable energy to power new electricity needs in North Carolina… The new program sailed through the state utilities commission last month, but some environmental organizations question its potential. WFAE’s Ben Bradford joined Morning Edition host Kevin Kniestedt to explain.
NC WARN is calling on Duke Energy CEO Lynn Good to explain major discrepancies between official regulatory filings and what corporate executives are telling Wall Street about projected electricity demand. The correct information could lead to either $25 billion in new power plants and continuing rate increases across the Carolinas – or none at all.
NC WARN has launched a program that expands solar power on homes and businesses. The Durham-based clean energy nonprofit announced Solarize Durham today at a press conference at the office of Yes! Solar Solutions, a locally-owned company that has been chosen to install systems for Solarize Durham.
Officials at Harris Nuclear Power Plant declared an alert Saturday at 10:16 a.m. after smoke was detected in plant electrical equipment… “This standard line where they claim there was no danger to the public, they have not issued enough information to back that up at this point,” said Jim Warren who runs the nuclear watchdog group NC WARN.
The NC Utilities Commission has sided with Duke Energy in yet another controversial matter – this time without even requiring Duke to address questions by Wal-Mart, NC WARN and others, and without allowing those groups to provide formal comments on Duke’s Green Source Rider proposal.
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