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The state carbon plan published very late on December 30 is being widely criticized for many reasons. Now, it has become clear that instead of adding large amounts of solar power – as Duke Energy greenwashers have claimed for the past year – the plan would greatly reduce the pace at which the state is adding new solar.
North Carolina regulators must reject a Duke Energy plan to impose new fees and onerous requirements on residential solar customers, says a coalition of advocacy groups. They say the plan ignores a state law that requires an assessment of solar’s benefits and would harm the rooftop solar industry and all state power users.
This summer, as the North Carolina Utilities Commission prepared to hear testimony from Duke Energy and other parties on the state carbon plan that the Commission must issue by the end of this year, something unexpected happened: After months of stonewalling, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) agreed to a compromise on federal climate funding.
Duke commissioned federal study that called for far more renewables; utilities commission now say it’s too late to consider, but they should seek more time from legislature.
San Diego engineer offers proven plan that would avoid billions in transmission costs and disruption of communities, boost resilience and avoid Duke Energy’s huge gas expansion.
The opposition to Duke Energy’s draft carbon plan goes deep. Scores of parties are opposing – many of them vigorously – Duke’s costly, natural gas-heavy proposal. Included are local governments; faith, social justice and climate justice groups; national, state and local clean energy nonprofits and business alliances; 33 former EPA officials; various business and industrial groups, and the state attorney general’s office.
Newly announced settlement negotiations are deeply troubling in carbon plan fight. Late today, the NC Utilities Commission was openly told that negotiations are underway among select parties that could settle the highly contentious carbon plan case that’s in its second week of hearings.
Today, 1,800 solar panel owners urged Governor Cooper to protect customer-owned energy generation and solar power in North Carolina.
Tuesday was the start of a major hearing on the future of energy in North Carolina. The state utilities commission is considering proposals by Duke Energy to reduce its carbon emissions in the coming decades.