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