Americans have begun to battle over sunshine. In sun-scorched Arizona a regulatory skirmish has broken out over arrays of blue-black silicon panels on rooftops, threatening the local utilities that have ruled electricity generation for a century or more.
The State of Things host Frank Stasio talks with Jim Warren, NC WARN’s executive director, and Jon Sanders, the John Locke Foundation’s director of regulatory studies, about the two groups’ public forum calling for increased competition in the power industry and challenging Duke Energy’s monopoly on electricity in the state.
Duke Energy is in discussion with large companies, including Google and Facebook, to use renewable energy to power new electricity needs in North Carolina… The new program sailed through the state utilities commission last month, but some environmental organizations question its potential. WFAE’s Ben Bradford joined Morning Edition host Kevin Kniestedt to explain.
NC WARN has launched a program that expands solar power on homes and businesses. The Durham-based clean energy nonprofit announced Solarize Durham today at a press conference at the office of Yes! Solar Solutions, a locally-owned company that has been chosen to install systems for Solarize Durham.
The NC Utilities Commission has sided with Duke Energy in yet another controversial matter – this time without even requiring Duke to address questions by Wal-Mart, NC WARN and others, and without allowing those groups to provide formal comments on Duke’s Green Source Rider proposal.
Jim Rogers’ seven-year run atop Duke Energy ends this month. He was a chief executive in the energy industry for 25 years. Harder to measure is Rogers’ extraordinary influence over the air we breathe and the temperature of the planet he’ll leave to his 11 grandchildren.
The N.C. Utilities Commission reached no decision Monday on Duke Energy Carolinas’ proposed renewable-energy pilot for large industrial and commercial users, but it is likely to rule soon.
A grassroots solar campaign has come to Durham and is making it cheaper and easier than ever to go solar. Registration ends April 15. Sign up before April 15 for your free, no-obligation site assessment at solarize-durham.org.
Has Duke Energy walked away from ALEC’s energy agenda or just from overt association with the controversial group?
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.
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