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.
NC CLEAN PATH 2025
In August 2017, NC WARN published North Carolina Clean Path 2025: Achieving an Economical Clean Energy Future, a plan for quickly transitioning the state’s electricity from fossil fuels to solar, battery storage and enhanced energy efficiency.
Local teams are working around the state to implement the plan. Learn more here. The articles below are either about the NC CLEAN PATH 2025 plan or about similar efforts underway in other places.
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Duke Energy reports just over 5 percent electricity from wind and solar in 2021, despite clean energy claims — Environmental Working Group
Duke Energy claims its growth of renewable energy sources “soared” in 2021, but the company generated just 5.4 percent of its electricity from wind and solar last year, according to a report the company released on Tuesday.
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.
Persistent Opposition to Duke Energy’s Rate Hikes as Hearings Approach — News Release from NC WARN
As a long-awaited hearing begins next Monday, attorneys for NC WARN and allies will firmly oppose Duke Energy’s request for yet another electricity rate hike even as the Utilities Commission’s Public Staff and other parties recently announced settlements with Duke on portions of the rate request.
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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.
As the cost of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline soars, renewable energy is the better option for NC — News & Observer
The Atlantic Coast Pipeline is a long way from being constructed, but it’s already proving a leaky conduit for cash.
North Carolina approved one pipeline. Why is it now questioning another? — N&O and Charlotte Observer
From the Editorial Board. When it comes to approving natural gas pipelines, North Carolina’s environmental regulators apparently can’t keep their standards straight.
Huge Battery Investments Drop Energy-Storage Costs Faster Than Expected, Threatening Natural Gas — Forbes
The global energy transition is happening faster than the models predicted, according to a report released today by the Rocky Mountain Institute, thanks to massive investments in the advanced-battery technology ecosystem.
PacifiCorp’s transition to renewables and battery storage sets a new industry pace — IEEFA
PacifiCorp’s announcement last week that it will build thousands of megawatts of new wind, solar and battery storage capacity in its transition away from coal will reshape electricity markets across the West over the next 10 years. Its impact will be felt nationally, too, perhaps nowhere as much as in the Southeast.
Diverse alliance turns up heat on North Carolina Governor Cooper, demanding real climate action — News release from NC WARN
Today, with the imminent release of the Governor’s Clean Energy Plan, 28 national to local organizations representing tens of thousands of North Carolinians sent an open letter to Governor Roy Cooper urging him to exercise all regulatory and political authority to stop the expansion of dirty energy projects throughout the state.