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Complaint charges Duke Energy touts clean power in West while polluting Southeast — LA Times

The nation’s largest utility and a leading developer of renewable energy for the Los Angeles area is under fire in a complaint that accuses the company of being one of the worst polluters in the country.

Duke Energy derides new call for state investigation as a ‘stunt’ — Charlotte Business Journal

NC WARN and other advocacy groups hope a seldom-used legal gambit will push N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper to investigate Duke Energy’s environmental practices and take the extreme step of ordering changes to the company's corporate charter. “Mr. Cooper has shown courage in standing against several Duke Energy rate increases that were unjust,” says Connie Leeper, organizing director for NC WARN. “We urge him to use this opportunity to provide unprecedented leadership to slow climate change before it spins entirely out of human control.”

Watch groups ask NC AG to investigate practices of Duke Energy — WNCN

Watchdog groups are calling on Attorney General Roy Cooper to open an investigation into the practices of Duke Energy. NC WARN filed a complaint with Cooper’s office that said Duke Energy could be in violation of its corporate charter. Watch 1-minute broadcast.

Duke Energy foes seek sanctions — News & Observer

A Durham-based clean energy advocacy group with a long history of being a thorn in the side of Duke Energy launched a new attack on the giant utility Wednesday. Watch video

Advocates seek changes to Duke Energy’s charter — Charlotte Observer

A Durham advocacy group asked Attorney General Roy Cooper on Wednesday to take legal action to amend Duke Energy’s corporate charter, citing Duke’s contributions to climate change among other claims... [Duke Energy] spokeswoman Paige Sheehan said... “It’s unfortunate when discussions of our energy future are clouded by misinformation.”

Utility watchdogs petition North Carolina attorney general to rein in Duke Energy — Tampa Bay Times

A North Carolina utility watchdog group and well-known critic of Duke Energy joined six other environmental, labor and religious organizations Wednesday to petition North Carolina's attorney general to force Duke to amend its corporate charter due to "a persistent pattern of criminal activity" of harming the environment.

A Church Challenges Duke Energy Over Solar — WUNC

The church, it turns out, did not pay to install the solar panels, like a homeowner would. Instead, NC Warn, an advocacy group, paid for the panels and is selling electricity back to the church at about half the rate Duke Energy charges. It’s called third-party sales, and it’s illegal in just four states in the country: North Carolina, Oklahoma, Kentucky, and Florida.

Duke Energy turns to natural gas in place of coal — News & Record

Duke’s shift toward gas began in earnest about seven years ago, triggering the closure of coal-fired plants in Eden and six other North Carolina communities, replacing them with five plants that use gas as their primary fuel. Clean-energy advocate Jim Warren believes Duke is reaping a public relations bonanza by shifting from a bad fossil fuel to another that’s only a bit less problematic.

Red tape preventing Greensboro church from getting solar energy — News & Record

It’s the latest chapter in a solar industry saga in which North Carolina soars above other states in many categories of solar deployment linked to large-scale commercial power projects, but paradoxically it lags in dispersing this burgeoning technology onto rooftops throughout its cities and rural areas.

Freedom Act would allow third-party sales of solar power in N.C. — News & Record

If it [the Energy Freedom Act] becomes law, it would legalize the solar partnership between NC WARN and the Greensboro church without the need for commission approval of the local plan, which is aimed at trailblazing a method of financing that could make solar-energy system affordable for more people.
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