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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.


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.”

NC WARN Demands Duke Energy Withdraw Applications for Toxic Waste Landfills in Lee and Chatham — News Release from NC WARN

NC WARN is increasing our legal and grassroots support for Lee-Chatham citizen groups, local governments and nonprofit allies opposing the clay mine scheme, just as we are helping communities already impacted by coal ash to fight for justice amid this ongoing statewide catastrophe.

Do New Solar Rules for NC Allow for Slow-Walking Contracts? — Public News Service

The state Utilities Commission rejected both proposals and kept the basic framework for solar the same. Legal counsel with NC WARN, John Runkle, says the issue at hand is the real value of solar is not being recognized, and the rules allow Duke Energy to slow-walk contract and interconnection negotiations.

Activists push for new RTO as Southeast utility reserve margins called into question — Utility Dive

NC WARN wants the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to calculate “how many billions are being wasted across the Southeast” due to the overbuilding of generation facilities, and to push seven southeastern states for data that would show “how much could be saved annually if utilities begin sharing power supply through regional cooperation.”

Commission Ruling Harms NC Solar Industry — News Release from NC WARN

The NC Utilities Commission’s New Year’s Eve order in the Avoided Cost docket allows Duke Energy and the Koch Brothers to continue beating down our once-growing solar power industry. Solar companies have made clear that they need regulators to improve contract conditions in order to force Duke to quit stalling large independent solar projects.

Watchdog group files federal complaint against Duke Energy and Southeastern utilities — Charlotte Business Journal

N.C. WARN wants federal regulators to determine whether Duke Energy’sresistance to purchasing reserve power from other Southeastern utilities is costing customers billions of dollars for unnecessary plant construction.

Watchdog group files complaint against Duke Energy over reserves — Tampa Bay Times

North Carolina utility watchdog group NC WARN filed a complaint Tuesday with federal regulators alleging that Duke Energy wrongfully charges its customers for new power plants while operating with exorbitant reserves.

Duke Energy building unneeded power plants, group claims — News & Observer

Duke Energy and other utilities in the Southeast are building power plants that aren’t needed, gouging consumers, a Durham advocacy group said Tuesday in a federal complaint.

NC WARN asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to order an investigation of the billions of dollars the group says are being wasted.

Glut in Southeastern Electric Supply as Monopolies Keep Building Plants, Raising Rates

Duke Energy, others manipulate electricity markets, waste billions of customer dollars as power plants sit idle while more are being built, says watchdog group

News release from NC WARN

Federal complaint filed by NC WARN

Map showing Southeastern glut

Duke Energy building unneeded power plants, group claims - The News & Observer

Watchdog group files federal complaint against Duke Energy and Southeastern utilities - The Charlotte Observer

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NCWARN runs ad criticizing Duke Energy’s approach to solar power — Charlotte Business Journal

NC WARN Executive Director Jim Warren says the ad accuses Duke of telling “fish stories” about its support for solar. Warren says solar developers told regulators this summer that changes in state solar rules proposed by Duke and other utilities made would strangle the industry.

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