NC WARN is intervening in Duke Energy’s long-delayed “Green Source Rider” proposal to offer renewable power to Duke’s largest business customers. Concerns include doubts that any new clean energy would actually be generated and whether smaller customers would be hit with higher rates.
New renewable plan looks like a coat of green paint for Duke and the rich data corporations it’s aggressively recruiting.
Commentary by Jim Warren. Long-predicted and hopeful changes are quickly occurring in the electric power industry … Duke Energy could become a climate game-changer.
Over the next 15 years, Duke Energy plans to increase how much it relies on renewable energy only modestly—from 1 percent next year to just 2 percent in 2028… Jim Warren of environmental group NC WARN says that is too little.
A recent poll shows that 78 percent of North Carolina voters are tired of suffering under the rate-hiking, anti-competitive control of Duke Energy and its subsidiary Progress Energy.
Danny Kennedy, a former top Greenpeace activist who helps run the global solar company Sungevity, says that solar and wind power are growing so fast worldwide that they will displace fossil fuels much sooner than usually thought.
New filings show Duke-Progress risking corporate death spiral by ignoring rapid US shift toward solar, wind, energy storage… Duke Energy and subsidiary Progress Energy yesterday filed long-range plans to stick with a 20th-century business model.
State regulators are considering a plan to allow Duke Energy to charge customers a little more as it increases energy efficiency. A group of non-profits at the hearing, including NC WARN, said Duke should invest more in community-based efforts to weatherize homes and reduce monthly power bills without raising rates.
When might NC WARN – a vigorous promoter of solar power for many years – NOT support a plan to add solar to North Carolina rooftops? Answer: If Duke Energy’s upcoming solar proposal, previewed in April and due to be filed any day, is used cynically to mask – and amplify – its plans to keep building nuclear and fracking-gas plants, and to keep its coal giants running for decades.
Today NC WARN filed a proposal with state regulators that would cut power bills for thousands of customers, immediately create hundreds of jobs and boost local economies.
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