The proposed 750-megawatt fracking gas-burning plant near Anderson, SC would likely cost over $1 billion, so the NC regulators must scrutinize the cost and need now, not later in a rate case after the plant is built.
A group of protesters rallied outside the Executive Mansion in Raleigh Wednesday to demand stricter regulations on Duke Energy. The protesters demanded that Gov. Pat McCrory “come clean on the coal ash spill and his own personal financial ties to Duke Energy.”
The NC Court of Appeals today denied NC WARN’s challenge to the 2012 corporate merger that created the world’s largest electric utility. We believe the Court erred and we are likely to appeal to the NC Supreme Court.
The Triangle Duke Energy Action group will hold a rally Friday to call on Duke Energy to stop making people pay a fee if they pay their electric bills in person.
The State of Things host Frank Stasio talks with Jim Warren, NC WARN’s executive director, and Jon Sanders, the John Locke Foundation’s director of regulatory studies, about the two groups’ public forum calling for increased competition in the power industry and challenging Duke Energy’s monopoly on electricity in the state.
In a state where economic, energy and environmental concerns grow more intensely intertwined, the assertive environmental nonprofit group NC WARN is working with the conservative nonprofit John Locke Foundation to sponsor two public forums calling for increased competition in the electricity market.
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 is calling on Duke Energy CEO Lynn Good to explain major discrepancies between official regulatory filings and what corporate executives are telling Wall Street about projected electricity demand. The correct information could lead to either $25 billion in new power plants and continuing rate increases across the Carolinas – or none at all.
The NC Utilities Commission has sided with Duke Energy in yet another controversial matter – this time without even requiring Duke to address questions by Wal-Mart, NC WARN and others, and without allowing those groups to provide formal comments on Duke’s Green Source Rider proposal.
Has Duke Energy walked away from ALEC’s energy agenda or just from overt association with the controversial group?
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