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Energy efficiency measures and solar and wind technologies are rapidly being deployed — except in places such as North Carolina, where the power companies continue to impede their advance. Visit our Duke Hates Solar page and our Solarize North Carolina website for good examples of our two-pronged approach to promoting clean energy: pressing Duke Energy to move rapidly toward renewables and energy efficiency while helping the public adopt solar energy without having to wait for Duke.

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Solar-Church Test Case Goes to State Supreme Court — News Release from NC WARN

A test case that goes to the heart of Duke Energy’s monopoly control over captive customers will be decided by the NC Supreme Court. Climate justice nonprofit NC WARN today filed with the high court an appeal of the case, which began in June 2015 when the group began selling solar power to the Faith Community Church in Greensboro from a system installed on the roof of the church.

Your Next Home Could Run on Batteries — Wall Street Journal

In the near future, your home could be battery operated. This is especially true if you live in New York, California, Massachusetts, Hawaii, Vermont, Arizona or a growing roster of other states and municipalities experimenting with revamping their electrical grids for the 21st century.

While U.S. moves toward coal, China bets big on solar — CBS News

China, on the other hand, is doing the opposite. Coal is on the way out and solar power is coming in. On a farm in northern China, they are planting a new crop: Nearly 200,000 solar panels in the heart of coal country. [includes video]

Altamonte Springs forms its own utility as it moves toward renewable energy — Orlando Sentinel

Hoping to slash the city’s annual $2 million power bill, Altamonte Springs soon will launch its own municipal utility with the goal of providing electricity from solar, wind and other renewable energy sources to government facilities, including City Hall and police and fire stations.

Legitimizing Gov. Cooper’s Climate Efforts – Letter to the Governor from NC WARN

North Carolina desperately needs your leadership to demand and create honest and open discussion regarding the climate crisis, this state’s contributions to it, and the very hopeful breakthroughs on solar power and battery storage that could make all the difference.

Court of Appeals Rules for Duke Energy in Solar-Church Test Case – News Release from NC WARN

NC WARN is strongly considering an appeal to the NC Supreme Court, and Judge Dillon’s extensive and powerful dissent guarantees our right to do so.  Judge Dillon cited the federal constitution and multiple NC Supreme Court decisions regarding private property rights, and explained that the Greensboro test case does not make NC WARN a “public utility” as claimed by Duke Energy and the NC Utilities Commission (NCUC).

After the Hurricane, Solar Kept Florida Homes and a City’s Traffic Lights Running — Inside Climate News

By using energy storage with solar panels, some homeowners were able to go off-grid during Hurricane Irma, showing how distributed power could speed future storm recovery.

N.C. solar can replace fossil fuels, save billions – and ease the climate crisis — News & Observer

Op-ed by Jim Warren. With countless challenges buffeting our society, I regret to report that the global climate crisis is storming ahead as if it were the only demand for our wisdom and collective action. Fortunately, two practical opportunities are available, and North Carolina has a pressing duty to start making good decisions.

California energy interests set to square off over Puente natural gas plant — Utility Dive

A battle is brewing in southern California between a utility planning to build a new natural gas plant and clean energy advocates who say solar and storage facilities could provide the power for cheaper.

Keep it 100 — In These Times

The knock on environmentalists is that they’ve been better at opposing than proposing. Sure, being against overheating the planet or melting the ice caps should probably speak for itself—but it doesn’t give us a means. So it’s important news that the environmental movement seems to be rallying round a new flag. That standard bears a number: 100 percent. It’s the call for the rapid conversion of energy systems around the country to 100 percent renewable power.
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Watch press conference at the Governor's office in Raleigh on June 15, 2017 featuring Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, president of the NC NAACP.
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