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Duke Energy’s Nuclear Hopes Dim Further — NC WARN News Release

North Carolina regulators technically rejected NC WARN’s March motion on Monday but they pressed Duke Energy with the questions we raised about the viability of the effort to build twin nuclear plants in Gaffney, SC.

Two good stories on the NCUC order:
Associated Press
Charlotte Business Journal

How Reliable Is Natural Gas? — WUNC

Last year Duke Energy acquired Piedmont Natural Gas … a marker of the energy industry’s shift toward using natural gas to produce electricity. Supporters of natural gas say it is cheaper and burns cleaner than coal. But critics argue that methane leaks during storage and transportation, which can accelerate global warming.

Groups Contest Fracked Gas Pipeline by Duke Energy and Dominion — News Release from NC WARN

More than 20 citizen groups and statewide nonprofits told federal regulators late yesterday that the environmental review process for a proposed $5.6 billion fracked gas pipeline is incomplete, fatally flawed and that it unlawfully represents a moving target due to continuing, sweeping additions by Dominion and Duke Energy.

Flagrant Foul called by Duke University Neighbors due to Backroom Dealing over Duke Energy Fracked-gas Power Plant — News Advisory from NC WARN

Neighbors of Duke University plan to call a “flagrant foul” against the president of the basketball powerhouse at a Monday meeting that was quietly arranged just days ago by the administration. Durham residents are angry that university officials have blocked open debate about a Duke Energy proposal for a campus power plant that would burn fracked gas.

Outgoing Energy Regulator Urged his Agency to Improve its Review of Gas Pipelines — News Release from NC WARN

The showing of need made by the Commission should be based on more than the contracts between two parties who are, in the case of the proposed ACP, two of the owners of the pipeline. The impacts of fracking, and venting and leakage of methane throughout the natural gas infrastructure, should enter into every decision made by the Commission.

Ending fracking’s methane releases is crucial to averting a climate crisis — News & Observer

Op-Ed by Jim Warren. The fracking boom of recent years – which poisons air and water in thousands of communities and causes earthquakes – has also accelerated the climate crisis at the worst possible time. The good news is that scientists say reducing methane emissions can slow warming in the crucial short term, buying more time to replace fossil fuels with renewables and slowing deforestation.

Opponents unite against proposed natural gas plant at Duke University — News & Observer

Nearly two dozen environmental and community groups have voiced their opposition to a proposed Duke Energy natural gas plant at Duke University, which is now stalled in the state approval process.

Duke Energy, NC WARN in power struggle over the right to sell solar energy — NC Policy Watch

Faith Community Church lies over the railroad tracks south of downtown Greensboro, an area with few trees to shade it from the sun. That makes for a hot walk in the summertime, but the neighborhood, and specifically, the 11,839-square-foot church and community center, is an ideal place for NC WARN to install a solar energy system on a roof.

Norman L. Christensen: Duke University gas plant should be rejected — News & Observer

Duke’s recent proposal to build a new natural gas plant on its campus would send a dangerous signal to those that look to Duke as a model. Climate change was created by fossil fuels – a new investment that could leave the university dependent on fracked gas beyond the year 2050 is not a climate solution. Research by Duke’s own faculty has revealed the dangers of such natural gas production – from water contamination to leaks of methane, a greenhouse gas more potent than carbon dioxide.

State Law Requires Duke Energy Shareholders to Pay Billions for Coal Ash Negligence, NC WARN tells Regulators — News Release from NC WARN

Duke Energy has signaled to regulators and reporters that it will seek to bill customers an initial $5 billion for its coal ash negligence. Yesterday, NC WARN filed early comments with the NC Utilities Commission about the upcoming legal battle.

In short, we contend that Duke Energy shareholders must pay for all costs of coal ash cleanup because neither longstanding nor recent state laws allow Duke to raise customer rates to pay for costs resulting from unlawful activities, lawsuit settlements or criminal convictions.

Pipeline protest marches through NC — WRAL

A group of people opposed to a plan that would have a pipeline running through North Carolina are on a 15-day walk to protest the project. Watch video.

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