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Challenging Duke Energy

Challenging Duke Energy to join the clean energy revolution is what we are all about. In addition to the posts below, see:
Challenging Duke’s Fracking Gas Future
Duke Energy page on Energy & Policy Institute website
Duke Energy Rate Cases
Duke-Progress Merger
Will Duke Energy & the Koch Brothers Kill North Carolina’s Growing Solar Industry? about Duke’s attempts to block solar competition in NC
Shifting Risks to Customers about Construction Works in Progress laws (CWIP)
Strange Bedfellows about our collaboration with the John Locke Foundation on opposing Duke Energy’s monopoly in North Carolina


Update on Solar-Church Test Case in NC Court of Appeals — News Release from NC WARN

NC WARN today filed a brief with the NC Court of Appeals in the test case over our sales of solar power to the Faith Community Church in Greensboro. We’re calling on the Court to overturn an April 15 NC Utilities Commission order that sided with Duke Energy and granted the utility’s request to heavily penalize NC WARN for selling solar electricity.

Duke Energy Gas Case Goes Back to NC Appeals Court — News Release from NC WARN

Today, attorneys for NC WARN and The Climate Times again urged the NC Court of Appeals to take charge of a convoluted case involving an unneeded $1 billion power plant, and to not allow state regulators to block our access to the court. Most recently in this nine-month legal fight, the NC Utilities Commission ruled that we cannot appeal its approval of Duke Energy’s Asheville plant because we didn’t post the $98 million bond the commissioners said we must file in order to go to court.

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

Three-year Heat Wave Continues Unabated — Note to Journalists from NC WARN

NASA reported this week that the ongoing, three-year record global heatwave continues, with August tying July as the hottest month ever recorded.

Hottest Year: Duke Energy’s Role — Commentary by NC WARN

Cornell experts and others say that reducing methane leakage and venting throughout the US natural gas industry is the quickest – and only – way to slow global warming in time. As Dr. Robert Howarth emphasizes, “The climate responds very quickly to methane”, a super-potent heat-trapping gas. So curbing methane is all-important.

Yo-Yo Duke Energy Gas Case Goes Back to Appeals Court — News Release from NC WARN and The Climate Times

An attempt by Duke Energy and state regulators to race through a rubber-stamp approval of an unneeded, climate-busting, fracking gas-fired power plant has become one of the most convoluted legal cases in North Carolina history, with no end in sight.

How to fight the power company — Scalawag

In 2015, Duke Energy’s state-sanctioned monopoly in North Carolina faced a pair of very different challenges from two vastly different communities. In western North Carolina, thousands of people – mostly White, middle-class, with little organizing experience--turned out in droves to attack Duke Energy’s plans for their beloved mountains. Two hundred miles away in Greensboro, a Piedmont church – serving a mostly Black, low-income community with a history of activism and advocacy stretching back decades – simply put solar panels on its roof.

As Climate Tipping Point Nears, Duke Energy Lags Behind Other Utilities on Renewables — WCHL

Commentary by Jim Warren. Global temperatures in 2016 are near the tipping point that could cause global warming to surge forward under its own momentum. The heating is happening much faster than scientists expected even a year ago.

Duke Asheville Plant Foe Says Plan Would be Disaster for the Climate — WCQS

An opponent of the Duke Energy plan to convert its coal-fired plant in Asheville to natural gas says the plan would be a disaster in the fight against climate change. Meanwhile, Duke Energy says natural gas would be a cleaner source of power for western North Carolina. Two 20-minute interviews.
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