NC WARN said today that 23 other nonprofit organizations are backing its challenge to a pending Duke Energy proposal they say would limit rooftop solar to the affluent, stifle the growing solar market and amplify the global climate crisis.
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Duke Energy Seeks to Undermine Solar Growth in NC – Yet Again — News Release from NC WARN
NC WARN, allies to challenge deal they say would limit rooftop solar to the affluent and lock in constant rate hikes for a massive expansion of climate-busting gas-fired power.
Watchdog Coalition To Hold Duke Energy Accountable for Environmental and Economic Injustice — News Release from The Environmental Working Group
A coalition of public interest, environmental and economic justice organizations will convene the first-ever hearing to examine Duke Energy’s policies and practices, which have polluted and financially punished its low-income ratepayers and communities of color throughout its vast six-state service area.
FERC: Developers submit plan to undo $8B pipeline — E&E News
Developers of the now-canceled Atlantic Coast pipeline have submitted a plan to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for dismantling the $8 billion natural gas project, which would have crossed West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina.
Energy Democracy Leadership Institute Launches in Eastern NC — News Release
NC Climate Justice Collective and NC WARN launched a new collaborative project–the Energy Democracy Leadership Institute (EDLI)–on Saturday, June 27th. Debuting virtually, EDLI is an energy and climate justice grassroots organizing and leadership program. It will run for 6 months with an intergenerational and Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) cohort of emerging leaders from eastern North Carolina. The 8 counties represented are all counties where chronic disinvestment, climate disasters and pollution from energy corporations are pervasive issues.
Unequal Impact: The Deep Links Between Racism and Climate Change — Yale Environment 360
Activist Elizabeth Yeampierre has long focused on the connections between racial injustice and the environment and climate change. In the wake of George Floyd’s killing and the outsized impact of Covid-19 on communities of color, she hopes people may finally be ready to listen.
Report: Duke Energy Policies Consistently Harm Low-Income Customers — EWG News Release
Duke Energy, the nation’s largest investor-owned electric utility, claims to make affordability, efficiency and access to renewable energy for its low-income customers a priority. But an investigation by the Environmental Working Group shows that just the opposite is true.
N.A.A.C.P. Tells Local Chapters: Don’t Let Energy Industry Manipulate You — NY Times
The civil rights group is trying to stop state and local branches from accepting money from utilities that promote fossil fuels and then lobbying on their behalf.
Advocates say the state is allowing environmental harm in low-income, minority counties — News & Observer
The state is failing low-income communities with large African-American and Native American populations by allowing polluting industries to concentrate in their counties, a group of residents said Wednesday as they demanded that an environmental justice advisory board do more to advocate for them.
Environmental activists seek reversal of NC permit for Atlantic Coast Pipeline — WRAL
Environmental activists called on Gov. Roy Cooper’s administration to reconsider a key permit issued for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The North Carolina Climate Solutions Coalition and Friends of the Earth filed a petition to revoke the permit issued last year under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act.