Recent setbacks in a hoped-for “nuclear renaissance” raise questions about how much of a role nuclear power can play.
Duke/Kochs' Control of Government
Duke Energy and others in the energy industry consistently use deceptive public relations – and millions of customer dollars – to distort the debate over important decisions. Duke’s control over NC state government is significant. We must face this “inconvenient truth” in order to make the shift to clean, safe energy. This corporate influence has, in the words of Dr. James Hansen, wounded our democracy.
Particularly egregious are efforts by Duke, the Koch brothers and other industry powers to slow the growth of solar energy and, in North Carolina, to prevent competition from third-party providers of no-upfront-cost solar deals that put solar energy within reach of many more homeowners and businesses. Another good example of corporate power is the passage in some states of Construction Work in Progress laws that allow utilities to charge customers in advance for building expensive new plants that aren’t even needed.
In 2015, Duke Energy, the Koch Brothers and others successfully kept the Energy Freedom bill bottled up in committee at the NC legislature. The bill would have opened up NC to third-party solar deals. Read about our 2015 Duke Hates Solar campaign in support of the bill.
Read about our Solar Freedom project at Faith Community Church in Greensboro — a test case in the state’s ban on third-party sales of electricity.
Direct Appeals for Dialogue with Duke Energy
NC WARN has repeatedly reached out to Duke Energy executives, seeking to collaborate with them on moving away from obstructionism and toward a clean energy future. A few examples are listed here.
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Don’t Let Duke Energy Block Solar Competition in North Carolina!
North Carolina House Bill 245, the Energy Freedom Act, would open up North Carolina electricity markets to third party (“no money down”) sales of electricity, but Duke Energy is lobbying furiously to protect its monopoly control over North Carolina.
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News Release Contact: Jim Warren March 11, 2008 NRC cut public out of meeting on new nukes at Shearon Harris Group says agency went into “closed session” after Progress Energy ran into trouble Durham, NC – Federal regulators abruptly halted a public meeting Thursday after problems arose with Progress …
“Leave the lights on – what the heck!” The article below describes only one of several utility programs that encourage maximum electricity usage. Both Duke Energy and Progress Energy “are aggressively recruiting new customers for their programs” before the Utilities Commission bans them. Note that these “leave the lights on” …
NOTE TO EDITORS & PUBLIC OFFICIALS Contact: Jim Warren February 18, 2008 919-416-5077 Duke Energy Deception Worsens Regarding New Plant’s Emissions Media, public officials must also be skeptical of State claims about Cliffside Statement from Jim Warren, NC WARN Executive Director: We call on all …
The State and Duke Energy seem to be working in tandem to put lipstick on a pig, based on their coordinated announcements today. Despite their withering campaign of distortion, building the Cliffside power plant is a losing strategy for the climate crisis, air quality and mercury poisoning of the North Carolina public.
Power Plant Financing in Senate Bill 3 Shifts Risks to Customers By John Blackburn and John Runkle July 16, 2007 CONSTRUCTION WORK IN PROGRESS (CWIP) Senate Bill 3 has two main sections: the first is the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standards (REPS) and the second is the treatment …
[NOTE: This is an adaptation of an op-ed that ran in the News & Observer and other papers in summer 2007] Point of View Will we pay, again, for nuclear folly? Jim Warren “The failure of the U.S. nuclear power program ranks as the largest managerial disaster in business history, …