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Solar power and competition are good for all customers — Winston Salem Journal

It is curious that Duke Energy is aggressively lobbying against the new Energy Freedom Act, bipartisan state legislation that would open the door to rooftop solar competition, thereby helping the same low-wealth communities for which Duke now professes concern.

Regulatory Contortion allows Duke, others to gouge customers — News Release from NC WARN

Despite huge amounts of excess power generation capacity on hand now and for decades to come – and dozens of large power plants sitting idle most of the year – protected monopoly utilities across the southeast keep building more plants instead of buying power from each other as federal regulators have urged.

Ministers’ Conference, Elected Leaders Support Solar Competition Bill and Local Solarize Program — News Release from Ministers Conference of Winston-Salem & Vicinity

State elected officials and a diverse Ministers’ Conference today announced their support for state legislation that would expand rooftop solar power to more customers across the economic spectrum while boosting investment and jobs across North Carolina.

I-Team: Flaw Found in Harris Nuclear Power Plant Reactor Head — ABC 11 News

Duke Energy officials describe the flaw as a small depression in a welding seam. They say the public was never in danger. Critics aren’t so sure.

“The industry has had this problem for a number of years and they haven’t been able to figure out how to prevent it from occurring,” said Jim Warren, with the nuclear watchdog group NC WARN.

Pastor to Duke Energy CEO: Stop Targeting African-Americans with Your Anti-Solar Campaign

Letter to Duke’s Good cites curious visits by those pushing “Solar Hurts the Poor” message.
NC WARN news release
See the letter to Duke Energy CEO Lynn Good
Op-Ed by Rev. Nelson Johnson and Jim WarrenWinston Salem Journal
Facing South article on the letter
“Desperate Fossil Fuel Interests Seek to Undermine Clean Energy Choices in Communities of Color” – Huffington Post 

Republicans push to expand solar power in NC — News & Observer

A Republican push to expand solar power in North Carolina may stand the best chance yet of ending a state ban that prevents independent energy developers from selling electricity directly to homeowners and businesses.

Poll Shows Huge Bipartisan Support for Solar Power & Competition in NC — News Release from NC WARN

For the second time in recent weeks, voters across North Carolina’s political spectrum have signaled overwhelming support for solar power and the right to competition instead of remaining captive to Duke Energy’s monopoly.

How to break Duke Energy’s stranglehold on North Carolina’s power industry— and maybe save our coasts in the process — INDY Week

The good news: N.C. House Bill 245, dubbed the Energy Freedom Act, which was unveiled last week by a bipartisan cast of co-sponsors. Solar advocates call it “the no-money-down solar bill.” Said an exuberant Caroline Hansley, a field organizer for Greenpeace: “It’s a game-changer!”

Bill allowing renewable-power sales direct to N.C. consumers could be a boon for solar — Charlotte Business Journal

N.C. Rep. John Szoka made good Monday on a recent promise to submit a bill allowing renewable-energy developers to sell power directly to customers in North Carolina, bypassing the state’s utilities.

While he was still drafting the “Energy Freedom Act,” Szoka said he expected the legislation would be limited to sales to government offices, not-for profit organizations and military bases. His thinking was that it would save taxpayers and nonprofits money and could be a step toward more general “third-party sales” from renewable-energy project owners to customers.

Truth: Rooftop Solar Capacity Benefits All Ratepayers — RenewableEnergyWorld.com

The utility and fossil-fuel industries continue to spread a crude canard against the growing popularity of rooftop solar across America. The lie goes something like this: Households and business that install photovoltaic panels are doing so at the expense of other electricity ratepayers because they are “subsidized” by those that don’t have solar panels.

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