The opening round of legal arguments in a hotly contested regulatory case with major ramifications for Duke Energy’s business model yielded a solid front of opposition to the corporation’s decade-long effort to block competition from solar power.
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Three climate justice nonprofits today filed a joint challenge to Duke Energy’s proposal to change the economics of solar panels on North Carolina homes. They say Duke’s plan would harm all North Carolinians – especially low-income people already bearing the financial and climate impacts of Duke Energy’s business model of hugely expanding the use of fracked gas, stifling cheaper renewables and repeatedly raising power bills.
Duke officials knew plan would cause market-killing 30% hit to block of solar customers; Attorney General agrees case must be postponed due to 2017 law NC WARN’s engineer has uncovered more evidence that Duke Energy’s proposal to change rooftop solar rules would choke the industry’s stability if approved by state …
For the last two years, Duke Energy has worked with key solar industry and environmental groups to reach a compromise on a plan to revamp net-metering policy in the utility’s core Carolinas territories. Now that compromise … is under attack from a different set of North Carolina rooftop solar installers and environmental allies who say it unfairly undermines the value of rooftop solar for customers.
The office of North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein, a Democrat, wrote in a filing with the North Carolina Utilities Commission that Duke’s process to update net metering only examined the costs of customer-sited generation, not the benefits.
Solar panel installation companies in North Carolina are alarmed at a Duke Energy proposal that they say could imperil thousands of jobs and make it difficult for the state to reach its clean energy targets.
Thursday’s legal challenge and open appeal for NC Gov. Roy Cooper’s protection by North Carolina’s rooftop solar industry is drawing widespread attention to Duke Energy’s attempt to change state rules. Today, NC WARN began rallying support for solar with a statewide ad buy on TV stations and a host of on-line outlets.
Fifteen rooftop solar companies from across North Carolina today called on Gov. Roy Cooper to help protect rooftop solar from Duke Energy’s attempt to weaken the industry by changing state rules. See media coverage on WFAE, WUNC, WXII and the Energy News Network and in the Winston-Salem Journal, Greensboro News & Record, News & Observer/Charlotte Observer, Facing South and PV Magazine.
People Power NC, a coalition of clean energy and social justice organizations, released 12 principles that the North Carolina Utilities Commission should consider when crafting its carbon plan for the state.
Duke Energy’s attack on rooftop solar in North Carolina is being previewed in California as that state’s regulators have proposed rule changes projected to double the payback period for solar homes, cost up to 50,000 jobs and wreck efforts to slow the climate crisis.