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Duke Energy & State Regulators

NC WARN regularly challenges Duke Energy rate increases and 15-year Integrated Resource Plans (IRPs) at the NC Utilities Commission. In addition to the items below, see our page on 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


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.

Case Against Backroom Deal-making Continues — News Release from NC WARN

Today NC WARN filed a response to the electric utilities and the Utilities Commission’s Public Staff in our pending request to end the longstanding practice of backroom deal-making by the regulators and regulated.

NC WARN Sues State, Regulators for Pro-Duke Energy Laws — News Release from NC WARN

In a case that goes to the heart of Duke Energy’s corporate business plan, climate protection nonprofit NC WARN today filed a lawsuit against the State of North Carolina and its utility regulators over two state laws passed 50 years apart.

Environmental group fighting Duke Energy plant sues state - News & Observer

$98 million bond to appeal a Duke Energy power plant permit gets legal challenge - The Charlotte Observer

Jim Warren: Enormous Stakes — The News & Observer

We’re asking the NC Court of Appeals to require an open, careful debate over Duke’s project. If Duke Energy is so uncertain about its case for the plant, its shareholders should bear any risks of proceeding with construction. And we’ll continue speaking out when state officials favor Duke Energy instead of the public interest.

Exposing Duke Energy’s Fiction: Actual Growth Rate is Three Times Lower than Estimates Used to Argue for New Plants over the Years — News Release from NC WARN

NC WARN has long maintained that Duke Energy wildly exaggerates projections of electricity demand so it can keep building unneeded power plants and raising customer rates – and that state regulators should scrutinize the estimates instead of accepting Duke execs at their word year after year.

Don’t Buy Duke Energy Deception on Emissions — News Release from NC WARN

Duke Energy is telling the news media it is already on track to meet carbon reduction targets in the new EPA Clean Power Plan, which calls for 32 percent lower emissions from electric power plants by 2030. This is countered by available data and appears to be a dangerous fiction – more greenwashing of the corporate image.

Regulatory Contortion allows Duke, others to gouge customers — News Release from NC WARN

Despite huge amounts of excess power generation capacity on hand now and for decades to come – and dozens of large power plants sitting idle most of the year – protected monopoly utilities across the southeast keep building more plants instead of buying power from each other as federal regulators have urged.

Long-Range Plan Talking Points — NC WARN

Learn why Duke Energy’s 15-year plan to provide power to North Carolina is highly irresponsible and how the people of North Carolina can choose a cleaner path forward.

A Responsible Energy Future Update – Report from NC WARN

If the [NC Utilities] Commission approves Duke’s latest 15-year plan, filed last October, it approves a status quo threatening to bankrupt North Carolina’s economy and continue polluting our air and water. NC WARN proposes an alternative, responsible energy plan that would phase out all existing coal-burning power plants and eliminate the need for new power plants, replacing them with energy efficiency, solar energy, combined heat and power (CHP), and other forms of distributed generation, along with strategic purchases from other utilities in the Southeast. View entire report here
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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.