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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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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.

Duke Energy Progress proposes 14.9% N.C. rate hike — Charlotte Business Journal

Duke Energy Progress is proposing a 14.9% increase in its overall rates for N.C. customers that it says would raise about $477 million a year in new revenue for the company.

State Law Requires Duke Energy Shareholders to Pay Billions for Coal Ash Negligence, NC WARN tells Regulators — News Release from NC WARN

Duke Energy has signaled to regulators and reporters that it will seek to bill customers an initial $5 billion for its coal ash negligence. Yesterday, NC WARN filed early comments with the NC Utilities Commission about the upcoming legal battle. In short, we contend that Duke Energy shareholders must pay for all costs of coal ash cleanup because neither longstanding nor recent state laws allow Duke to raise customer rates to pay for costs resulting from unlawful activities, lawsuit settlements or criminal convictions.

Will you foot the bill for Duke Energy’s coal ash cleanup? — Winston-Salem Journal

Consumer activist Jim Warren, the executive director of the watchdog group NC WARN, said it’s unfair for consumers to get “stuck” with the bill for negligence by Duke Energy executives who made unwise decisions that allowed coal ash to proliferate in storage ponds waiting for an accident to occur.

Group opposes Duke Energy plans to burn natural gas in Cliffside coal plant — Charlotte Business Journal

Advocacy group NC WARN wants state regulators to hold hearings on Duke Energy’s $56 million plan to upgrade its Cliffside coal units to burn natural gas. NC WARN contends that upgrading Duke Energy's two Cliffside coal units at the Rogers Energy Complex would be needlessly expensive and environmentally unsound.
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Watch press conference at the Governor's office in Raleigh on June 15, 2017 featuring Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, president of the NC NAACP.
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