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.
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Today, 1,800 solar panel owners urged Governor Cooper to protect customer-owned energy generation and solar power in North Carolina.
A public backlash to Duke Energy’s proposal to alter rooftop solar rules is more than double the input of any NC Utilities Commission case in recent memory. More than 2,300 North Carolinians have pressed the commission to reject Duke’s climate-wrecking attack on solar.
Solar power and social justice advocates challenging Duke Energy’s attempt to weaken the economics of rooftop solar power in North Carolina today filed a motion calling for an evidentiary hearing so Duke officials can be cross-examined under oath about the lone reason – now-discredited – they want to change the rules.
Duke Energy and three rooftop solar installers have reached a settlement in a fight over the monopoly utility’s proposal to hobble North Carolina’s net metering program, with opponents of Duke’s plan calling the settlement a partial win even as they vow to keep fighting for rules that reflect the full value of rooftop solar for all North Carolinians.
A consultant for organizations agreeing with Duke Energy’s changes to the state’s net metering rules filed evidence in March that ironically kills Duke’s only argument – that rooftop solar systems unfairly shift power grid costs onto non-solar customers.
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 is asking North Carolina utility regulators to approve a plan that could stifle the growth of renewable solar power in the state while hiking ratepayers’ bills – the latest in the monopoly utility’s almost decade-long fight against clean energy in the state.
On March 29, three climate justice nonprofits filed a joint challenge to Duke Energy’s Solar Choice Net Metering proposal, arguing that changes would disadvantage future solar customers, particularly those who are low-income.
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.