The NC Court of Appeals has dismissed an appeal by Duke Energy in an important case involving electricity rates and the future of new power plants.
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Progress and Duke Energy will also close dozens of coal units within a few years as North Carolina begins moving away from old energy Statement by Executive Director Jim Warren: ** Durham, NC – Progress Energy now admits it may cancel plans to build two nuclear reactors at its Shearon …
Solar photovoltaic system costs have fallen steadily for decades. They are projected to fall even farther over the next 10 years. Meanwhile, projected costs for construction of new nuclear plants have risen steadily over the last decade, and they continue to rise, said a report on behalf of NC Warn …
In a “historic crossover,” the costs of solar photovoltaic systems have declined to the point where they are lower than the rising projected costs of new nuclear plants.
NC WARN issued a report this morning that contends that electricity from solar power already is cheaper than electricity generated by new nuclear and will be cheaper still in the future.
Economist and former Duke University professor John Blackburn testified on behalf of the N.C. Waste Awareness and Reduction Network. He presented a proposal in which he contends Duke and Progress could shut down essentially all of their coal plants by 2029. And he said they would not need to build nuclear plants to replace the coal-burning operations.
As a state that depends heavily on coal-fired power, North Carolina currently dumps more climate-disrupting carbon dioxide pollution into the environment from burning fossil fuels than 186 nations.
How necessary is nuclear power? Renewable energy, including solar, wind and hydroelectric, can provide all but 6% of North Carolina’s electricity, finds a new Duke University study. “Critics of renewable power point out that solar and wind sources are intermittent. The truth is that solar and wind are complementary in …
NC WARN technical expert, Dr. John Blackburn, has published a study showing that NC can replace coal with energy efficiency and renewable energy sources.