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McCrory’s mishandling of his Duke stock — Charlotte Observer

Rather than owning the mistake, McCrory issued a defensive statement and said he broke no rules. In May, a spokesman pointed to the now-discredited disclosure report and said it “eliminates the often repeated, ridiculous and false, partisan left-wing attacks challenging the intent of our decisions and policies.” That reminds one of Hillary Clinton dismissing probes into her husband as just a “vast right-wing conspiracy.”

Electricity Customers Penalized by Duke-Progress Deposit Practices — News Release from NC WARN

North Carolina regulators should follow the lead of other states in prohibiting electric utilities from requiring up-front deposits from new customers.

NC Solar Industry In Jeopardy If Utilities Get Their Way — WFAE

In the span of five years, the solar industry in North Carolina has grown from nearly non-existent to fourth-largest in the nation, behind California, Arizona, and New Jersey. The pace is accelerating, with solar capacity set to more than double in the state, at least this year. The state’s powerful electric utilities are pushing changes that could blot out the industry in North Carolina.

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.

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