August 25, 2017
Duke Energy is asking to hike electricity rates for Charlotte-area residents by 16.7 percent, part of a move by the utility to pass high costs for cleaning up coal ash sites on to its customers.
July 11, 2017
As Duke Energy Progress seeks 16.7% more from households, NC WARN is urging state regulators to break their pattern of settling rate cases and mergers with Duke Energy behind closed doors.
June 21, 2017
The N.C. Utilities Commission issued an order Tuesday clearing the way for it to consider Duke Energy Progress’ proposed 14.9% rate increase. The evidentiary hearing will likely be held by October, and the commission is expected to act so that Duke Progress can implement the new rates at the start of 2018.
June 1, 2017
Duke Energy Progress is proposing a 14.9% increase in its overall rates for N.C. customers that it says would raise about $477 million a year in new revenue for the company.
March 8, 2017
Duke Energy has signaled to regulators and reporters that it will seek to bill customers an initial $5 billion for its coal ash negligence. Yesterday, NC WARN filed early comments with the NC Utilities Commission about the upcoming legal battle.
In short, we contend that Duke Energy shareholders must pay for all costs of coal ash cleanup because neither longstanding nor recent state laws allow Duke to raise customer rates to pay for costs resulting from unlawful activities, lawsuit settlements or criminal convictions.
January 4, 2017
Consumer activist Jim Warren, the executive director of the watchdog group NC WARN, said it’s unfair for consumers to get “stuck” with the bill for negligence by Duke Energy executives who made unwise decisions that allowed coal ash to proliferate in storage ponds waiting for an accident to occur.
November 22, 2016
Advocacy group NC WARN wants state regulators to hold hearings on Duke Energy’s $56 million plan to upgrade its Cliffside coal units to burn natural gas. NC WARN contends that upgrading Duke Energy's two Cliffside coal units at the Rogers Energy Complex would be needlessly expensive and environmentally unsound.
January 14, 2016
Members of ACT Against Coal Ash gathered this morning in Raleigh, across from the Governor’s Mansion, to highlight the failure of Governor McCrory and his administration to act with transparency regarding coal ash. They invited McCrory to dinner at their homes near Duke Energy’s coal ash dumps.
October 7, 2015
An alliance of nonprofits today called for NC Attorney General Roy Cooper to assert his explicit legal authority to enforce the corporate charter of Duke Energy, saying an investigation of the corporation’s North Carolina operations is required due to its history of criminality – from partnering with Enron to coal ash failures – and a rapidly advancing climate crisis that could see sea levels rise 10 feet by mid-century.
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, Charlotte Observer
October 7, 2015
The nation’s largest utility and a leading developer of renewable energy for the Los Angeles area is under fire in a complaint that accuses the company of being one of the worst polluters in the country.