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Coal & Coal Ash

Due to its size, Duke Energy is pivotal in the fight over coal vs climate. NC WARN and allies blocked the first of two Cliffside units Duke wanted to build – by proving it wasn’t necessary — and continued to struggle against the second unit. We have been protesting Duke Energy’s toxic coal ash spill into the Dan River, and working to ensure that North Carolina electricity customers do not foot the bill for the cleanup of the Dan River and Duke’s other coal ash sites.

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Push Clean Energy — News & Observer

Letter to the Editor from Jim Warren. The author of “Cooper should crack down on Duke Energy’s hazards” (Nov. 29) was courageous in calling out Duke Energy’s hazardous practices and stranglehold on our democracy. The third leg of Duke’s business model – along with building unneeded power plants and raising rates – is spending tens of millions annually to distort and suppress debate. Read more, including Duke Energy's response.

Proposed Duke Energy rate increase: $17.80 a month — WRAL News

Key hearings on Duke Energy's request to raise household electricity rates 16.7 percent, once slated to begin today, has been delayed a week as government attorneys tasked with representing the public negotiate with the electric utility. The change would increase the typical residential bill $17.80 a month, or about $214 a year. That includes a significant increase in the base rate people pay regardless of how much power they use.

Customer advocate proposal would slash Duke Energy’s N.C. rate hike — Charlotte Business Journal

North Carolina's utility customer advocate proposes all but eliminating Duke Energy Progress’ 14% rate hike, recommending that regulators cut it to an increase of less than one-tenth of a percent. Duke’s hike had proposed an increase in the annual revenue requirement by $419 million. Instead, the Public Staff of the N.C. Utilities Commission proposes that increase go up by just $2.8 million.

AG, customer advocate say ‘bad acts’ by Duke Energy leave shareholders liable for coal-ash costs — Charlotte Business Journal

North Carolina’s utility customer advocate and Attorney General’s office argue Duke Energy Progress customers should not bear all the $311.4 million in coal-ash cleanup costs the utility seeks in its 14% rate hike request.

While U.S. moves toward coal, China bets big on solar — CBS News

China, on the other hand, is doing the opposite. Coal is on the way out and solar power is coming in. On a farm in northern China, they are planting a new crop: Nearly 200,000 solar panels in the heart of coal country. [includes video]

Dozens urge commission to reject Duke Energy’s proposed rate hike — WNCN

Dozens of Duke Energy customers told the North Carolina Utilities Commission Monday to reject a proposed rate increase, citing the impact on low-income families and the proposed use of funds to manage coal ash sites.

Speak out Against More Giant Rate Hikes for Dirty Power — Alert from NC WARN

Do you think you should pay for Duke Energy's coal ash cleanup and for nuclear plants that will never be built? 150 turned out to say no at a public hearing in Raleigh on Duke Energy-Progress's nearly 17% residential rate hike request (see news reports here). If you agree with them, come speak out at the Asheville, Snow Hill or Wilmington hearing (details here and here).

Coal ash could raise your power bill: Duke Energy wants double-digit rate hike — Charlotte Observer

Duke Energy is asking to hike electricity rates for Charlotte-area residents by 16.7 percent, part of a move by the utility to pass high costs for cleaning up coal ash sites on to its customers.

Giant Rate Hike by Duke Energy Must Be Openly Debated, NC WARN tells Regulators and Attorney General — News Release from NC WARN

As Duke Energy Progress seeks 16.7% more from households, NC WARN is urging state regulators to break their pattern of settling rate cases and mergers with Duke Energy behind closed doors.

N.C. regulators call for proceeding on Duke Energy’s proposed 14.9% rate hike — Charlotte Business Journal

The N.C. Utilities Commission issued an order Tuesday clearing the way for it to consider Duke Energy Progress’ proposed 14.9% rate increase. The evidentiary hearing will likely be held by October, and the commission is expected to act so that Duke Progress can implement the new rates at the start of 2018.
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