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N.C. Supreme Court upholds Duke Energy’s 5.1% rate hike — Charlotte Business Journal

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 Demands Duke Energy Withdraw Applications for Toxic Waste Landfills in Lee and Chatham — News Release from NC WARN

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.

In Chatham and Lee counties, opposition rises against coal ash disposal plan — News & Observer

“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.”

Do New Solar Rules for NC Allow for Slow-Walking Contracts? — Public News Service

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.

Commission Ruling Harms NC Solar Industry — News Release from NC WARN

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.

Glut in Southeastern Electric Supply as Monopolies Keep Building Plants, Raising Rates

Duke Energy, others manipulate electricity markets, waste billions of customer dollars as power plants sit idle while more are being built, says watchdog group

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Federal complaint filed by NC WARN

Map showing Southeastern glut

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

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NCWARN runs ad criticizing Duke Energy’s approach to solar power — Charlotte Business Journal

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.

Environmental groups to host forum Thursday on coal ash — Sun Journal

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.”

The Spill at Dan River — CBS 60 Minutes

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.

Trigaux: If you’re not mad at Duke Energy, you’re not paying attention — Tampa Bay Times

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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