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Clean Energy

Energy efficiency measures and solar and wind technologies are rapidly being deployed — except in places such as North Carolina, where the power companies continue to impede their advance. Visit our Duke Hates Solar page and our Solarize North Carolina website for good examples of our two-pronged approach to promoting clean energy: pressing Duke Energy to move rapidly toward renewables and energy efficiency while helping the public adopt solar energy without having to wait for Duke.

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NC WARN Letter to Governor Cooper: Veto Koch-Inspired Energy Bill

NC WARN strongly urges you to veto HB 589 due to its detrimental impacts on North Carolina’s once-growing clean energy sector and overall economy.  Not only would the bill drive away large, job- and revenue-producing wind energy projects, it would do the same for rooftop solar across the state – both under false pretenses.  

Energy bill could see North Carolina join national fight over net metering – Southeast Energy News

NC WARN’s sharpest criticism wasn’t directed at the wind provision, however. The outspoken Duke foe honed on twelve lines about net metering – part of the bill since its unveiling. “The bill would allow Duke Energy to attack rooftop solar by adding more fees on customers and lowering net metering payments,” wrote the group’s director, Jim Warren.

Rooftop Solar Dims Under Pressure From Utility Lobbyists — New York Times

Over the past six years, rooftop solar panel installations have seen explosive growth... That growth has come to a shuddering stop this year... A number of factors are driving the reversal... But the decline has also coincided with a concerted and well-funded lobbying campaign by traditional utilities, which have been working in state capitals across the country to reverse incentives for homeowners to install solar panels.

Solar Bill Bad Deal — Letter to the Editor of the News & Observer

By Rita Leadem. Regarding “Residents could get rooftop solar option” (June 7): Duke Energy and legislative leaders sold North Carolina a bag of beans with the Competitive Energy Solutions bill.

Lousy Process Leads to Lousy Decision-Making on Energy Bill — News Release from NC WARN

The bill is not clearly beneficial for either customers or the solar industry. It could actually be harmful to the growth of solar in the state due to the countless limitations it places on rooftop and large-scale projects.

150 NC Faith Leaders Urging Duke Energy to Partner on Solar Program — News Release from Faith in Solar

North Carolina faith leaders are seeking to get their energy straight from the sun. More than 150 of them – along with the North Carolina NAACP and the Ministers’ Conference of Winston-Salem and Vicinity – are calling for Duke Energy to partner with them to help slow climate change by facilitating the installation of solar power systems on houses of worship around the state.

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.

Court of Appeals hears arguments on nonprofit that is selling solar energy to Greensboro church — News & Record

A North Carolina advocacy group argued before the N.C. Court of Appeals Thursday that it should be allowed to sell solar energy to a church in Greensboro. The court allowed oral arguments to be offered after the N.C. Utilities Commission banned NC WARN, an advocacy group, from selling energy to Faith Community Church.

Duke Energy Executives Count on Climate-Wrecking Fracked Gas & Captive Regulators – but Little Solar or Wind – for Years to Come — News Release from NC WARN

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.

Why none of this Charlotte solar developer’s planned 250MW worth of 2017 projects are in N.C. — Charlotte Business Journal

Pine Gate Renewables started operations at its first two solar farms just as the year ended and has secured financing to build 250 megawatts worth of projects this year. But none of that will be built in North Carolina. Pine Gate’s entire pipeline of N.C. projects has been eliminated by Duke Energy’s “stiffness test” for new solar project connections to its grid. Many in the industry contend this new requirement is grinding construction to a halt in the state.

Emergency Methane Action

Watch press conference at the Governor's office in Raleigh on June 15, 2017 featuring Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, president of the NC NAACP.
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Read the inspiring stories of Dr. Steve Wing, Joyce and Rev. Nelson Johnson, and other recipients of NC WARN's Blackburn Award.

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