May 1, 2015
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.
February 10, 2015
Duke Energy’s response to NC WARN’s December complaint about a regional over-supply of electricity capacity has inadvertently enhanced our call for an investigation to determine how many billions of dollars are being wasted across the Southeast. Duke grossly distorted NC WARN’s position in several ways but, in doing so, emphasized the lack of publicly available data needed to understand how much money could be saved through regional sharing of electricity.
January 23, 2015
The N.C. Supreme Court has upheld the most recent Duke Energy Carolinas rate increase, ruling in the last of a spate of challenges to Duke utility rate cases filed by the N.C. Attorney General's office and advocacy groups....NC WARN Executive Director Jim Warren responded that the decision amounts to the court allowing Duke "to continue rigging electricity rates against small customers."
September 8, 2014
Attorney General Roy Copper's office along with the environmental group North Carolina Waste Awareness and Reduction Network, or NC WARN say Duke is charging homeowners too much, and super consumers like server farms and factories too little.
September 5, 2014
The NC Supreme Court is hearing two Duke Energy rate cases Monday beginning at 9:30 am. NC WARN and Attorney General Roy Cooper appealed the Utilities Commission's order in both cases granting the rate increases.
August 4, 2014
North Carolina regulators should follow the lead of other states in prohibiting electric utilities from requiring up-front deposits from new customers.
April 30, 2014
Duke Energy customers will likely pay most of the cost to clean up the utility's 14 coal ash ponds in North Carolina. That means electric rates would increase to cover the $2 billion to $10 billion price tag.
February 14, 2014
NC WARN and the conservative John Locke Foundation agree that increased competition in the North Carolina electricity market would help customers benefit from the rapid changes occurring in the U.S. electricity marketplace. The groups are sponsoring two public forums.
Read more and watch videos of the forums
Read our news release about the collaboration
Read the Locke Foundation news release
NC WARN and John Locke on The State of Things
Read an op-ed by the two groups in the News & Observer
February 4, 2014
Attorney John Runkle asks, "Where are the savings for consumers? The merger was billed as a better deal for North Carolina consumers. Duke has gone up in rates in 2009, 2011 and then last year...Progress had their first rate case in over 20 years, so the rates are going up." Runkle represents the energy watchdog group NC WARN, which is still in the process of appealing the merger.
October 23, 2013
NC WARN is challenging Duke Energy’s monopoly control over North Carolina electricity customers by appealing a highly controversial rate hike to the NC Supreme Court.