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Watchdog group files federal complaint against Duke Energy and Southeastern utilities — Charlotte Business Journal

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.

Watchdog group files complaint against Duke Energy over reserves — Tampa Bay Times

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.

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

News release from NC WARN

Federal complaint filed by NC WARN

Map showing Southeastern glut

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.

Solarize Chatham County tops other N.C. Solarize programs — Triangle Business Journal

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.

Residents air concerns, frustrations over Robeson County coal ash site at meeting — Fayetteville Observer

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.

Video: ‘Moral March to Polls’ kicks off early voting — News & Record

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.

SolarCity loan deal could propel rooftop market — Tampa Bay Times

SolarCity will begin offering loans to homeowners for solar systems, a move that industry analysts say could reshape the market for rooftop solar and propel its rapid adoption.

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