NC WARN Executive Director Jim Warren was recognized by two media sources this week. He was interviewed on Chapel Hill-Carrboro’s WCHL Radio as a “Hometown Hero” on Monday. Today, Florida columnist Robert Trigaux published a piece in the Tampa Bay Times about Jim’s contributions as a utility watchdog. Follow the links below to see the stories.
He’s a rare thorn in Duke Energy’s side that Floridians should cheer – The Tampa Bay Times
By Robert Trigaux
August 21, 2012
He’s a longtime thorn in the side of big North Carolina power companies like Progress Energy and, now, its giant successor, Duke Energy.
Too bad we don’t have a dozen — even one — like Jim Warren in Florida. We sorely need somebody willing to push back against big utilities that pretty much get whatever they want from Tallahassee.
Warren, 56, just celebrated 19 years as head of an advocacy group in Durham, N.C., called NC WARN. The 1980s acronym stands for “Waste Awareness and Reduction Network” but even Warren says it no longer really reflects what his organization’s real mission is these days:
Pushing utilities to rethink how to generate electricity.