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See also Shifting Risks to Customers about Construction Works in Progress laws (CWIP) and Strange Bedfellows about our collaboration with the John Locke Foundation on opposing Duke Energy’s monopoly in North Carolina.


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.

Ministers’ Conference, Elected Leaders Support Solar Competition Bill and Local Solarize Program — News Release from Ministers Conference of Winston-Salem & Vicinity

State elected officials and a diverse Ministers’ Conference today announced their support for state legislation that would expand rooftop solar power to more customers across the economic spectrum while boosting investment and jobs across North Carolina.

Duke Energy called out for targeting black community with ‘cynical’ anti-solar campaign — Facing South

A North Carolina minister and an environmental watchdog have sent a letter to Duke Energy President and CEO Lynn Good, criticizing the utility giant for targeting African-American community leaders as part of its campaign against rooftop solar.

Pastor to Duke Energy CEO: Stop Targeting African-Americans with Your Anti-Solar Campaign

Letter to Duke’s Good cites curious visits by those pushing “Solar Hurts the Poor” message.
NC WARN news release
See the letter to Duke Energy CEO Lynn Good
Facing South article on the letter
“Desperate Fossil Fuel Interests Seek to Undermine Clean Energy Choices in Communities of Color” – Huffington Post 

Republicans push to expand solar power in NC — News & Observer

A Republican push to expand solar power in North Carolina may stand the best chance yet of ending a state ban that prevents independent energy developers from selling electricity directly to homeowners and businesses.

Poll Shows Huge Bipartisan Support for Solar Power & Competition in NC — News Release from NC WARN

For the second time in recent weeks, voters across North Carolina’s political spectrum have signaled overwhelming support for solar power and the right to competition instead of remaining captive to Duke Energy’s monopoly.

How to break Duke Energy’s stranglehold on North Carolina’s power industry— and maybe save our coasts in the process — INDY Week

The good news: N.C. House Bill 245, dubbed the Energy Freedom Act, which was unveiled last week by a bipartisan cast of co-sponsors. Solar advocates call it “the no-money-down solar bill.” Said an exuberant Caroline Hansley, a field organizer for Greenpeace: “It’s a game-changer!”

Game-Changing Energy Freedom Bill

Don’t Let Duke Energy Block Solar Competition in North Carolina!

North Carolina House Bill 245, the Energy Freedom Act, would open up North Carolina electricity markets to third party (“no money down”) sales of electricity, but Duke Energy is lobbying furiously to protect its monopoly control over North Carolina.

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Duke Energy: A Global Game Changer for the Climate

Video: NC WARN Executive Director Jim Warren explains why North Carolina is a pivotal state for the future of climate change.

Bill allowing renewable-power sales direct to N.C. consumers could be a boon for solar — Charlotte Business Journal

N.C. Rep. John Szoka made good Monday on a recent promise to submit a bill allowing renewable-energy developers to sell power directly to customers in North Carolina, bypassing the state’s utilities.

While he was still drafting the “Energy Freedom Act,” Szoka said he expected the legislation would be limited to sales to government offices, not-for profit organizations and military bases. His thinking was that it would save taxpayers and nonprofits money and could be a step toward more general “third-party sales” from renewable-energy project owners to customers.

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