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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.

Duke Energy, NC WARN Trade Legal Blows in Federal Complaint Over Southeast Power Glut — News Release from NC WARN

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.

N.C. Supreme Court upholds Duke Energy’s 5.1% rate hike — Charlotte Business Journal

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."

AG fights Duke Energy rake hikes before NC Supreme Court — WCNC

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.

NC Supreme Court to Hear Duke Energy Rate-rigging Cases — News Release from NC WARN

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.

Electricity Customers Penalized by Duke-Progress Deposit Practices — News Release from NC WARN

North Carolina regulators should follow the lead of other states in prohibiting electric utilities from requiring up-front deposits from new customers.

Many regulators charged with answering that question have ties to utility industry — INDY Week

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.

Strange Bedfellows

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

Critics question whether Duke-Progress merger really saved consumers money — WNCN

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.

NC WARN Takes Duke Rate Hike to NC Supreme Court — News Release from NC WARN

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.
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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.