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Statement on Duke Solar Announcement — News Release from NC WARN

Duke’s solar announcement today is a good step. But it’s the ONLY step Duke plans to make toward renewables for its Carolinas customers – according to its newly filed long-range plans – over the next 15 years. Meanwhile, Duke is actively working to stifle the growth of large-scale and rooftop solar in NC – in the ongoing case at the Utilities Commission.

Duke Energy commits $500 million to N.C. solar power expansion — Triangle Business Journal

Duke Energy is making a $500 million commitment to a major expansion of solar power in North Carolina. The company will acquire and construct three solar facilities — totaling 128 megawatts of capacity. Duke also signed power-purchase agreements for five new solar projects in the state, representing 150 megawatts of capacity.

AG fights Duke Energy rake hikes before NC Supreme Court — WCNC

Attorney General Roy Copper’s office along with the environmental group North Carolina Waste Awareness and Reduction Network, or NC WARN say Duke is charging homeowners too much, and super consumers like server farms and factories too little.

NC Supreme Court to Hear Duke Energy Rate-rigging Cases — News Release from NC WARN

The NC Supreme Court is hearing two Duke Energy rate cases Monday beginning at 9:30 am. NC WARN and Attorney General Roy Cooper appealed the Utilities Commission’s order in both cases granting the rate increases.

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.

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