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Duke Energy, PNG Waiting on Approval for Merger — TWC News, Charlotte

Duke Energy and Piedmont Natural Gas will have to wait until September to find out if their $4.9 billion merger will go through...a coalition of consumer and environmental groups led by NC WARN is asking the commission to not approve the deal. Read more and see video here.

N.C. regulators could rule on $4.9B Duke-Piedmont deal as soon as October — Charlotte Business Journal

N.C. regulators wrapped up a day-and-a-half evidentiary hearing on Duke Energy’s $4.9 billion purchase of Piedmont Natural Gas Tuesday afternoon... NC WARN Executive Director Jim Warren says a June decision by Commission Chairman Ed Finley barring testimony from NC WARN witnesses about the potential for significantly higher gas prices and significantly smaller natural gas reserves from fracking unnecessarily truncated the hearing.

Duke & Piedmont Execs Argue For Merger, Opponents Protest — WFAE

State regulators wrapped up a two-day public hearing in Raleigh Tuesday afternoon on the proposed merger of Duke Energy and Piedmont Natural Gas. The two-day hearing included testimony from company leaders and a protest by merger opponents. Read more and listen to audio.

Duke’s climate-damaging future — News & Observer

Letter to the Editor from Dr. Harvard Ayers of The Climate Times. We believe that Duke Energy’s attempts to ignore our concerns have been the epitome of an anti-democratic power play to deny the public the right to object to a monopoly business that is clearly putting corporate profit ahead of customer well- being.

Protesters oppose Duke Energy-Piedmont Natural Gas merger — Charlotte Observer

The chief executives of Duke Energy and Piedmont Natural Gas defended their merger Monday under questioning by advocates who hope to derail it. An attorney for NC WARN, a Durham nonprofit, and two other advocacy groups questioned the CEOs on risks to customers of the electric and gas utilities at a hearing before the N.C. Utilities Commission. Read more and watch 1-minute video.

Duke Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas CEOs to testify on acquisition — Charlotte Observer

The chief executives of Duke Energy and Piedmont Natural Gas will testify as the N.C. Utilities Commission opens a hearing Monday on Duke’s $4.9 billion acquisition of its Charlotte neighbor. Attorneys for environmental advocates will be allowed to cross-examine Duke CEO Lynn Good and Piedmont’s Thomas Skains.

Jim Warren: Enormous Stakes — The News & Observer

We’re asking the NC Court of Appeals to require an open, careful debate over Duke’s project. If Duke Energy is so uncertain about its case for the plant, its shareholders should bear any risks of proceeding with construction. And we’ll continue speaking out when state officials favor Duke Energy instead of the public interest.

NC WARN, Climate Times told to put up $98M bond to appeal Duke power plant permit — The News & Observer

NC WARN, based in Durham, and Climate Times, based in Boone, planned to challenge the permit in court. The two groups say that natural gas, largely derived from fracking – an energy industry technique used to extract oil and gas from rock by injecting high-pressure mixtures of water, sand or gravel and chemicals – results in methane leaks that release more greenhouse gas into the atmosphere than burning coal does.

Regulators Hike Environmentalists’ Bond For Asheville Plant Appeal — WFAE

State regulators have delivered another blow to environmentalists trying to block a new power plant in Asheville. The North Carolina Utilities Commission says two groups must post a $98 million bond before they can appeal.

Duke Energy’s worrisome move to silence nonprofits — News & Observer

One of the most important roles that nonprofit organizations play in our society is that of values guardian... That Duke Energy wants two nonprofits to have to raise $240 million to challenge it in court shows how barriers can be erected to make it difficult for nonprofits to play this vital role. (Op-Ed by director of Institute for Nonprofits at NC State.)

ECR2 VideoClick the image above to watch our new 30-second video. Then visit our Emergency Climate Response page to see how you can help make sure our leaders stand up to Duke Energy.

JohnsonsAt our annual meeting in December, we presented the John O. Blackburn Award to Joyce and Rev. Nelson Johnson in recognition of their lifelong dedication to social justice.

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