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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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Solar-Church Test Case Filed at NC Supreme Court — NC WARN News Release

Today, attorneys for NC WARN filed a detailed appeal arguing that the nonprofit should be allowed to resume selling solar power to Greensboro’s Faith Community Church from a system installed on the roof of the church in 2015. Several national groups joined forces to support the solar sales by filing an amicus brief in the case.

Solar is Starting to Make Sense to the Bottom Line — BisNow

Solar discussions of the past relied on environmental issues to persuade people to buy into solar energy. For some, saving the planet for future generations was enough to invest in solar, but it was just too expensive to say it was a cost-saving measure. That is changing with new developments in the marketplace.

How cities can fight climate change most effectively — MIT News

What are the best ways for U.S. cities to combat climate change? A new study co-authored by an MIT professor indicates it will be easier for cities to reduce emissions coming from residential energy use rather than from local transportation — and this reduction will happen mostly thanks to better building practices, not greater housing density.

Statewide TV Ad Lampoons Duke Energy, Promotes Shift to Solar, Batteries — News Release from NC WARN

The ad, produced for NC WARN, began today during TV newscasts in all major markets, and a version appears on news websites statewide.  It’s part of a new campaign promoting a statewide strategy – NC Clean Path 2025 – to rapidly replace coal and natural gas with local solar power and battery storage.   

In 5 Years, Batteries Will Blanket The U.S., Duke Executive Says — Forbes

Five years. That's how soon batteries can be expected to sprout all over the electric grid as utilities and homeowners drop in on a wave of falling prices, a Duke Energy executive said in Chicago Thursday. "There's going to be a lot of excitement around batteries in the next five years. And I would say that the country will get blanketed with projects," said Spencer Hanes, a managing director of business development with the Charlotte, North Carolina-based utility.

Solar-Church Test Case Goes to State Supreme Court — News Release from NC WARN

A test case that goes to the heart of Duke Energy’s monopoly control over captive customers will be decided by the NC Supreme Court. Climate justice nonprofit NC WARN today filed with the high court an appeal of the case, which began in June 2015 when the group began selling solar power to the Faith Community Church in Greensboro from a system installed on the roof of the church. Greensboro church headed to N.C. Supreme Court over solar panels - Winston-Salem Journal

Your Next Home Could Run on Batteries — Wall Street Journal

In the near future, your home could be battery operated. This is especially true if you live in New York, California, Massachusetts, Hawaii, Vermont, Arizona or a growing roster of other states and municipalities experimenting with revamping their electrical grids for the 21st century.

Watchdogs to Duke CEO: Solar with batteries, NOT more fossil fuels

Duke Energy remains on the wrong side of the accelerating climate crisis despite spending tens of millions of dollars annually to make the news media, civic leaders and the public believe otherwise.  Your carbon emissions continue to rise due to the super-potent methane leaking and venting throughout the natural gas supply chain – while you oppose requirements to capture it.  And tragically, your total generation in the Carolinas remains less than 2% renewable. 

While U.S. moves toward coal, China bets big on solar — CBS News

China, on the other hand, is doing the opposite. Coal is on the way out and solar power is coming in. On a farm in northern China, they are planting a new crop: Nearly 200,000 solar panels in the heart of coal country. [includes video]

Altamonte Springs forms its own utility as it moves toward renewable energy — Orlando Sentinel

Hoping to slash the city’s annual $2 million power bill, Altamonte Springs soon will launch its own municipal utility with the goal of providing electricity from solar, wind and other renewable energy sources to government facilities, including City Hall and police and fire stations.
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