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.
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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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N.C. WARN wants federal regulators to determine whether Duke Energy’sresistance to purchasing reserve power from other Southeastern utilities is costing customers billions of dollars for unnecessary plant construction.
North Carolina utility watchdog group NC WARN filed a complaint Tuesday with federal regulators alleging that Duke Energy wrongfully charges its customers for new power plants while operating with exorbitant reserves.
Duke Energy, others manipulate electricity markets, waste billions of customer dollars as power plants sit idle while more are being built, says watchdog group
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.
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.”
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.
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.
Since the program launched during the summer, Solarize Chatham County has installed 56 solar panel systems on homes, which will generate 319 kilowatts of solar power, according to Jim Warren of N.C. Warn, a Durham-based clean energy advocate.
The 16 people who attended watched a few short films about coal-related pollution. That was followed by a discussion led by organizer Nick Wood of NC Warn, a group that advocates for climate protection through the use of clean energy, and Christine Ellis of the Winyah Rivers Foundation.
The event, billed as a “Moral March to the Polls,” was sponsored by a coalition of groups that included the AFL-CIO, Working America, Guilford County Association of Educators, NC WARN, Beloved Community Center, Communication Workers of America and the Greensboro chapter of the NAACP.
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