Advocacy group NC WARN wants state regulators to hold hearings on Duke Energy’s $56 million plan to upgrade its Cliffside coal units to burn natural gas. NC WARN contends that upgrading Duke Energy’s two Cliffside coal units at the Rogers Energy Complex would be needlessly expensive and environmentally unsound.
Cliffside (James E. Rogers Energy Complex)
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Two prominent Charlotte physicians warn about mercury and other health impacts of a new Cliffside unit (from Jan. 08 but new to our website)
NC Utilities Commission declines to conduct hearing, and signals that Duke Energy can keep building power plants to expand its outside customer base
On Saturday, International 350 Action Day, NC WARN, Greenpeace and other allies held a strong March for Climate Leadership in Raleigh. We’re building pressure to save our climate, stop Cliffside, and hold our leaders accountable.
A Call to Conscience on International 350 Day of Climate Action, Oct. 24, 2009.
NC customers would pay higher rates to build Cliffside and nuclear plants so the power company can expand in South Carolina.
Duke Energy is seeking an 18% rate hike this year for residential electricity customers. Over 13.5% would cover costs such as the Cliffside coal-fired power plant, now under construction west of Charlotte. Another 4.5% increase has recently been approved for rising costs of coal.
Moody’s says new nuclear plants are a ‘‘bet the farm’’ risk; the report parallels coal plant financing risks, boosting our call for halting Duke’s Cliffside project.
NC WARN’s motion cites Duke’s attempts to expand its customer base; long-term projections prove Cliffside is an unnecessary risk to ratepayers, health and climate
Op-Ed by John Blackburn and Jim Warren. Electricity rates for most North Carolina customers will increase dramatically if new coal-fired and
nuclear power plants are successfully completed by Duke Energy and Progress Energy.