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Duke Energy & State Regulators

NC WARN regularly challenges Duke Energy to make a rapid transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy and energy efficiency.

We intervene at the NC Utilities Commission in cases involving Duke’s rate increases and 15-year Integrated Resource Plans (IRPs). In addition to the news items below, see our pages on 2017 rate hike hearings and past IRP and rate case hearings.

Also of interest: Duke Energy page on Energy & Policy Institute website.

Read about our actions at Duke Energy shareholder meetings

Direct Appeals for Dialogue with Duke Energy

In addition to public campaigns targeting Duke’s polluting business model, we have repeatedly reached out to the corporation’s executives, seeking to collaborate with them on finding ways to avert climate catastrophe. A few examples are listed here.

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Duke Energy’s mandatory fee plan is unwise and unfair — The News & Observer

Op-Ed by T. Anthony Spearman and Doug Dickerson. For most North Carolinians, the electric bill is a fact of life, an unavoidable part of the household budget. When times are tight, as they are for far too many of our constituents, families must find a way to pay. Otherwise, they risk having essential electric services shut off. For some, it’s an impossible choice between food, medicine and power.

Court Signals Timing isn’t Right for Suit against State and Regulators over Court Access and Duke Energy Fast-track Law — News Release from NC WARN

NC WARN also contends that the NC Utilities Commission shielded itself from an appeals court review of the $1 billion Duke Energy project by invoking a never before used law from 1965 to require a $98 million bond that locked the courthouse doors to NC WARN and its nonprofit partner, The Climate Times. No other state allows regulators to use a bond to block a power plant appeal.

Group loses last challenge to Duke Energy’s Asheville natural gas plant - Charlotte Business Journal

Push Clean Energy — News & Observer

Letter to the Editor from Jim Warren. The author of “Cooper should crack down on Duke Energy’s hazards” (Nov. 29) was courageous in calling out Duke Energy’s hazardous practices and stranglehold on our democracy. The third leg of Duke’s business model – along with building unneeded power plants and raising rates – is spending tens of millions annually to distort and suppress debate. Read more, including Duke Energy's response.

Proposed Duke Energy rate increase: $17.80 a month — WRAL News

Key hearings on Duke Energy's request to raise household electricity rates 16.7 percent, once slated to begin today, has been delayed a week as government attorneys tasked with representing the public negotiate with the electric utility. The change would increase the typical residential bill $17.80 a month, or about $214 a year. That includes a significant increase in the base rate people pay regardless of how much power they use.

Fight over Duke Energy’s Giant Rate Hike begins Monday — News Release from NC WARN

A highly controversial rate increase sought by Duke Energy Progress moves into the evidentiary hearing phase Monday at 1pm at the Dobbs Building in Raleigh.  The Charlotte-based utility is seeking an overall increase of 14.9 percent, with households targeted for a 16.7 percent hike.

Day 1 of Duke Energy Progress rate increase hearings in the books - WRAL News Duke Energy wants to pass coal-ash cleanup costs to you - ABC11 News Coal ash debate takes center stage as Duke rate hike cases get underway - NC Policy Watch

Customer advocate proposal would slash Duke Energy’s N.C. rate hike — Charlotte Business Journal

North Carolina's utility customer advocate proposes all but eliminating Duke Energy Progress’ 14% rate hike, recommending that regulators cut it to an increase of less than one-tenth of a percent. Duke’s hike had proposed an increase in the annual revenue requirement by $419 million. Instead, the Public Staff of the N.C. Utilities Commission proposes that increase go up by just $2.8 million.

AG, customer advocate say ‘bad acts’ by Duke Energy leave shareholders liable for coal-ash costs — Charlotte Business Journal

North Carolina’s utility customer advocate and Attorney General’s office argue Duke Energy Progress customers should not bear all the $311.4 million in coal-ash cleanup costs the utility seeks in its 14% rate hike request.

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

Protesters turn up heat on Duke’s big rate hike — Progressive Pulse

No commotion. No clapping. No signs. No singing. With the rules of decorum laid out by Capitol Police, Duke Energy Progress District Manager Marty Clayton opened the rate hike hearing Monday night by telling the NC Utilities Commission, “We look forward to hearing from our customers this evening.” That may be true, but it had to be difficult to hear witness after witness lambaste your employer as “backward,” “exploitative,” “untrustworthy” “polluters.”
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