As Duke Energy continues its six-year PR campaign touting CEO Jim Rogers’ concerns about climate change and North Carolina’s economic health, long-range plans filed this month with state regulators contradict his professions. The plans reflect serial rate hikes to pay for an aggressive expansion of generating plants, and high carbon emissions for the next two decades.
Duke Energy has a hefty surplus of generation capacity; it should promptly retire at least one newer coal-burning plant and stop trying to build nuclear reactors.
NC WARN News Release
Too Much Baseload Legal Brief
Last fall, as costs and accidents were mounting at Duke Energy Corp.’s massive power plant in Edwardsport, the project’s engineering contractor warned that Duke was taking “significant risks” with the way it was managing the $2.9 billion construction project.
Arguments for new nuclear, coal plants ignore years of flat growth, rising rates, and a restructured economic future
The NC Court of Appeals has dismissed an appeal by Duke Energy in an important case involving electricity rates and the future of new power plants.
As a state that depends heavily on coal-fired power, North Carolina currently dumps more climate-disrupting carbon dioxide pollution into the environment from burning fossil fuels than 186 nations.
A new assessment of coal’s health effects from Physicians for Social Responsibility – excellent article by Facing South – Inst. for Southern Studies
… and hands NC ratepayers the bill for new plants. To avoid runaway electricity bills, the Utilities Commission and its Public Staff must hold the line against construction of power plants this state’s customers simply do not need.
Two prominent Charlotte physicians warn about mercury and other health impacts of a new Cliffside unit (from Jan. 08 but new to our website)
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