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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.
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.
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.
NC says yes to Duke Energy’s first solar-plus-storage microgrid — with conditions — Charlotte Business Journal
By John Downey The N.C. Utilities Commission has approved — with some conditions — Duke Energy Progress’ proposed solar-and-storage microgrid designed to improve power reliability and avoid long outages in the isolated town of Hot Springs, North Carolina. The restrictions include a cost cap, confidential for now, above which Duke …
Critics challenge Duke Energy’s long-range plan. Will it make a difference this time? — Energy News Network
Every two years, critics blast Duke Energy’s long-term generation plan in North Carolina, decrying it for containing too much coal and gas and too little renewable power. Each time, regulators approve the company’s blueprint with few if any changes.
Pressure Builds against Duke Energy’s Long-range Plan for NC — News Release from NC WARN
A ruling is expected any day on a regulatory hearing that could determine if North Carolina will finally join growing global efforts to avert runaway climate chaos or allow Duke Energy to continue driving humanity toward the cliff.
North Carolina groups call for end to utility monopoly, 100% renewable energy — PV MAGAZINE
Their petition calls on elected officials to transition the state to 100% renewables; end Duke Energy’s monopoly on generation; refuse to accept campaign contributions from the utility; and appoint citizen-oriented utility commissioners.
CLEAN ENERGY IS THE BEST WAY FORWARD — NEWS & RECORD
Op-ed by Beth McKee-Huger. For an expert engineer’s detailed analysis of opportunities for clean energy to transform our environment, mitigate climate change and create new employment, download North Carolina Clean Path 2025. With only a short time to turn around climate change, he describes what is economically and technologically feasible if we take bold action.