Church gets solar power from climate justice partner in third party deal, arguing state needs energy competition, not monopoly control of rooftops
Ongoing global heat records have pushed humanity to the brink of the climate tipping point. Soaring methane emissions from the fracking boom and natural gas industry are a leading cause.
Yet Duke Energy and other utilities are trying to build more fracking gas plants and pipelines.
Watch an animation of the image at right, an alarming illustration of global temperature rise from 1850 to present.
The massive natural gas expansion planned by Duke Energy would be a climate and economic disaster. Large amounts of methane — a super-potent greenhouse gas — leak from natural gas operations. Learn what we’re doing about it!
Join the fight against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline that would bring fracked gas from Pennsylvania to North Carolina.
If the NC Utilities Commission approves Duke Energy’s latest 15-year Integrated Resource Plan, it risks bankrupting North Carolina’s economy through costly overbuilding of high-risk power plants. And the utility will continue fouling our air and water while escalating the global climate crisis as one of the world’s largest carbon polluters.
Intervenor NC WARN and 20 allied nonprofits yesterday told the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that the agency must carefully review the new data and prepare a new EIS before rescheduling public hearings that had been set to begin in mid-February in North Carolina and Virginia.
Duke Energy is attempting to save money by avoiding standard pollution controls at the fracked gas-fired power plant it proposes to build on the Duke University campus. This would allow a key respiratory pollutant to be emitted at a rate ten times higher than allowed at most other facilities – and the plant would be disastrous for the climate.
Durham environmental advocacy group NC WARN is asking the state appeals court to break Duke Energy’s longstanding monopoly on electricity sales in the state by letting NC WARN resume selling solar-generated power directly to a Greensboro church.
The Durham advocacy group NC WARN, a consistent critic of Duke Energy proposals for new plant construction, has been in the thick of the battle over the campus plant. While the university has not withdrawn from the project, NC WARN Executive Director Jim Warren, sees the delay as a victory.
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In a case with sweeping environmental and legal ramifications, attorneys for NC WARN and The Climate Times responded yesterday to Duke Energy’s request for financial sanctions against us for attempting to appeal the fast-track regulatory approval of a $1 billion fracked gas-burning power plant.
Environmental opposition is growing to a proposed combined heat-and-power project that Duke University and Duke Energy have trumpeted as a clean and energy efficient alternative for the university.
Today NC WARN filed a motion to intervene in a precedent-setting case whereby Duke Energy seeks to build and operate a fracked gas-burning power plant on the campus of Duke University. Among the many problems with the proposal, it would cause campus greenhouse gas emissions to soar, increase local air pollution, do little to enhance the reliability of campus power supply, and continue driving the highly destructive US fracking boom.
A local environmental group has weighed in against the idea of equipping the Duke University campus with a gas-turbine power plant, arguing the institution’s leaders should instead look to solar energy and other sources. See Jim Warren’s reply to this article in the Herald Sun’s Nov. 10 edition.
Today NC WARN urged President Richard Brodhead not to allow Duke University to be used by Duke Energy in an emerging national scheme to expand the burning of fracked gas, and instead to join Stanford and other universities who are developing clean-energy innovations.