If you want to take an active part in the campaign to help Duke Energy start moving down the road to a clean energy future, here are some things you can do.
We brought a grassroots solar campaign to Durham in the beginning of 2014, Chatham County later in the year and in Spring of 2015 we “solarized” the Triad and Western Wake County, and returned to Durham and Chatham. In 2016, we’re teaming up with Carrboro nonprofit NextClimate to offer Solarize all across the Triangle region. Sign up between now and April 30, 2016 for a free solar assessment of your home or business.
Solarize helps homeowners generate most of their own electricity and offset their electricity purchases by sending excess solar power back to their utility. Power bill savings start the day the system is installed, locking in low-cost clean energy for 25 years or more.
Through bulk purchasing and neighbor-to-neighbor marketing, Solarize cuts pricing from retail solar prices that have already fallen by 80% in recent years. The more customers participate, the lower the price. Learn more at solarize-nc.org.
Let us know if you are interested in the Solarize program and we’ll make sure you get all future emails about the program.
Call or write your state legislators today to support House Bill 245, the Energy Freedom Act. The bill would open up North Carolina electricity markets to third party sales of electricity (the “no money down” option that has long been available in many other states). But Duke Energy is lobbying furiously against the bill, in order to protect its monopoly control over North Carolina. Learn more here.
While you’re at it, check out our satirical 30-second TV ads highlighting how Duke Energy’s business model is crippling the large-scale and rooftop solar industry in North Carolina, despite their greenwashing PR efforts to come across as a friend of solar energy. Send NC Utilities Chair Ed Finley a short email (firstname.lastname@example.org) telling him not to let Duke Energy squash rooftop and large-scale solar in North Carolina.
On our special Duke Hates Solar web page, you can learn more about how Duke Energy hopes to squash solar in NC and why. And you can find more ways that you can help us make sure this doesn’t happen.
In February and March 2014, we hosted two forums in collaboration with the John Locke Foundation. Though we often disagree with the conservative think tank, we found common ground on our desire for more competition in the North Carolina electricity market and our opposition to Construction Work in Progress (CWIP) laws that force customers to pay in advance for the construction of power plants, even if they never open.
Duke Rate Hikes and IRP Hearings
At a public hearing on April 28, 2014, our members and supporters argued that Duke needs to put lots more renewable energy and energy efficiency into its long-term Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). Check out our talking points that helped members plan their testimonies. Stay tuned for more actions like this one!We strongly opposed Duke Energy’s 2013 rate hike request, but the N.C. Utilities Commission approved it anyway. Duke got permission to increase our electric bills to pay for dirty power plants that we don’t even need.North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper will appeal the decision in the courts. Read about Attorney General Cooper’s plans and our response to the approval of the rate hike. You can send the Attorney General a short email thanking him for representing the public.Visit our Duke Energy page for more information.
Duke Energy Shareholder Meeting
NC WARN, with a coalition of allies, has co-organized protests outside of Duke Energy’s Charlotte headquarters on the day of the corporation’s annual shareholder meeting. We have also had a presence inside the meeting, with our members speaking out for climate protection and social justice. Read about shareholder meeting actions in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.
If you are Duke Energy shareholder, e-mail us to find out how you can assign your proxy to us to help us get more clean energy supporters inside the meeting.