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NC utilities panel will delve into cost of green energy — Charlotte Observer

In a proceeding that could boost or dampen North Carolina’s fast-growing solar industry, the N.C. Utilities Commission is taking a new look at the rates utilities pay for renewable energy.

UTILITIES: Is Duke Energy following its home state’s turn to the right? — Greenwire

Jim Warren, executive director of the advocacy group NC WARN, said he sympathizes with Rogers’ push for a greener future but adds that North Carolina, where Duke is still dominated by fossil fuels, has little to show for his efforts. Duke is currently 41 percent coal, 33 percent nuclear, 24 percent gas, and 2 percent hydropower and solar energy.

Duke Energy still considering making request to pay less for solar power — Charlotte Business Journal

Duke Energy still wants to pay less to the owners of rooftop solar power systems from whom it buys electricity to feed back into its grid. But the utility provider won’t say until later this year how much less and when.

“Duke Hates Solar” Campaign Launched by NC WARN — News Release from NC WARN

Today NC WARN began an intensive statewide public and legal campaign to expose Duke Energy’s efforts to stifle North Carolina’s growing solar power industry at both the rooftop and large-scale levels.

NC solar project helps renewable energy, but a bigger boost is needed — News & Observer

This N&O editorial is consistent with NC WARN’s view: that Duke Energy is not doing enough to promote solar power.

There’s good news for alternative energy and northeastern North Carolina in the announcement that Duke Energy Renewables will build a massive solar energy project in Pasquotank County. But this sunny story also casts a shadow.

A state Senate measure on coal-ash cleanup is improved — News & Observer

Gov. Pat McCrory, himself a long-time employee of Duke until his retirement, came up with a plan for regulation and cleanup that was underwhelming.

NC AG: Make Duke Energy pay for coal ash fix — The News & Observer

N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper has become the latest Duke Energy critic to urge state lawmakers to spare the public from paying billions of dollars Duke would incur if the legislature forces the power company to fix leaky coal ash lagoons.

91% of NC Voters Say Duke Energy Shareholders Must Pay to Clean Up ALL Coal Ash Dumps — News Release from NC WARN

A new poll shows that, overwhelmingly across the political spectrum, North Carolina voters say that Duke Energy shareholders – not customers – should pay to clean up all of the utility’s 33 toxic coal ash dumps, and that those whose negligence caused the disastrous Dan River ash spill deserve to be penalized.

Duke’s Burn-the-Public Coal Ash Bill Being Pushed by NC Senate — News Release from NC WARN

Duke Energy’s lobbyists have persuaded North Carolina senate leaders to propose a Burn-the-Public bill that would provide minimal clean-up of the utility’s 33 leaking coal ash dumps, and maximal abuse of electricity customers and those physically impacted by toxic coal ash.

Strong, if flawed, start on coal ash — Charlotte Observer

Disposing of a production byproduct is a business expense, and its cost should be borne by the company and its shareholders. The bill requires Duke to pay for its cleanup of the Dan and any future spills, but ratepayers could be on the hook for the much bigger costs of moving the ash.

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