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Clean Energy

Since 2002, NC WARN has persisted with Amory Lovins’ central message: Energy efficiency is the vital bridge to a renewable energy future. Now solar and wind technologies are rapidly being deployed — except in places such as North Carolina, where the power companies continue to impede their advance.


Rein in Duke Energy, Groups Tell Attorney General — News Release from NC WARN

An alliance of nonprofits today called for NC Attorney General Roy Cooper to assert his explicit legal authority to enforce the corporate charter of Duke Energy, saying an investigation of the corporation’s North Carolina operations is required due to its history of criminality – from partnering with Enron to coal ash failures – and a rapidly advancing climate crisis that could see sea levels rise 10 feet by mid-century. See coverage in the Los Angeles Times, Charlotte Observer and others.

Hijacking conservatism in the renewable energy wars — News & Observer

We have all heard about President Obama’s “war on coal,” but the challenges facing the coal industry are much more complex than the “war” label would imply. There is a war on energy, but the target is not coal, it is wind and solar energy.

Don’t Buy Duke Energy Deception on Emissions — News Release from NC WARN

Duke Energy is telling the news media it is already on track to meet carbon reduction targets in the new EPA Clean Power Plan, which calls for 32 percent lower emissions from electric power plants by 2030. This is countered by available data and appears to be a dangerous fiction – more greenwashing of the corporate image.

5 Things to Know About Obama’s Clean Power Plan — Rocky Mountain Institute

By Devi Glick Yesterday afternoon President Obama announced the release of the final version of…

Greensboro African American Clergy Support Solar Policies

A group of African American clergy in Greensboro sent a letter to the North Carolina General Assembly urging them to support the pending solar energy legislation in the state. Read the letter, and see the clergy who signed on, here.

Will Duke Energy & the Koch Brothers Kill North Carolina’s Growing Solar Industry?

According to a 2015 poll by Conservatives for Clean Energy, over 86% of NC voters – across the political spectrum – support policies promoting solar power. But Duke Energy is using its corporate muscle to limit the growth of solar.

Utilities wage campaign against rooftop solar — The Washington Post

Three years ago, the nation’s top utility executives gathered at a Colorado resort to hear warnings about a grave new threat to operators of America’s electric grid: not superstorms or cyberattacks, but rooftop solar panels.

Sharing Solar with Affordable Housing Tenants

Through the Sharing Solar fund, NC WARN's Solarize programs help low-income homeowners and renters benefit from solar. Help us put solar on land trust apartments in Durham. Only $5,000 more needed to help 4 tenants slash costly electric bills. Solarize campaigns by NC WARN and others have added 2.46 megawatts of new solar power on 468 roofs in NC since 2013.

Tesla’s New Battery Doesn’t Work That Well With Solar — Bloomberg

Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk introduced a new family of batteries designed to stretch the solar-power revolution into its next phase. There's just one problem: Tesla's new battery doesn't work well with rooftop solar—at least not yet. Even Solar City, the supplier led by Musk, isn't ready to offer Tesla's battery for daily use.

Tesla Launches Batteries for Homes, Businesses, Utilities — Bloomberg

Tesla Motors Inc. Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk unveiled a suite of batteries to store electricity for homes, businesses and utilities, saying a greener power grid furthers the company’s mission to provide pollution-free energy.
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