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Duke Energy & State Regulators
NC WARN regularly challenges Duke Energy to make a rapid transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy and energy efficiency. We intervene at the NC Utilities Commission in cases involving Duke’s rate increases and 15-year Integrated Resource Plans (IRPs). And we have repeatedly reached out directly to the corporation’s executives, seeking to collaborate with them on finding ways to avert climate catastrophe. A few examples are listed here.
- Check out the new coalition: Energy Justice NC: End the Duke Monopoly
- Duke Energy page on Energy & Policy Institute website
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The opposition to Duke Energy’s draft carbon plan goes deep. Scores of parties are opposing – many of them vigorously – Duke’s costly, natural gas-heavy proposal. Included are local governments; faith, social justice and climate justice groups; national, state and local clean energy nonprofits and business alliances; 33 former EPA officials; various business and industrial groups, and the state attorney general’s office.
Newly announced settlement negotiations are deeply troubling in carbon plan fight. Late today, the NC Utilities Commission was openly told that negotiations are underway among select parties that could settle the highly contentious carbon plan case that’s in its second week of hearings.
McClatchy’s recent eye-opening investigative reporting on Duke Energy’s lavish campaign contributions intended to influence elected state lawmakers should alarm conservatives, moderates and liberals alike — for it’s a tale of chronic abuse of corporate power at the expense of millions of financially-strapped consumers.
Today, 1,800 solar panel owners urged Governor Cooper to protect customer-owned energy generation and solar power in North Carolina.
Tuesday was the start of a major hearing on the future of energy in North Carolina. The state utilities commission is considering proposals by Duke Energy to reduce its carbon emissions in the coming decades.
It didn’t take long for battle lines to be drawn as state regulators opened their hearing on Duke Energy Corp.’s $100 billion proposals for the state-mandated N.C. Carbon Plan to reduce emissions to net zero by 2050.
Stopping emissions of natural gas (methane) – a super-potent heat trapper – could “give the world a fighting chance” to prevent “catastrophic global warming” from becoming irreversible. That’s the message from a leading global scientist based at Duke University.
“Duke Energy has already dragged us through this horror movie, and we can’t let them do it again,” Warren said, referring to the utility’s own efforts to build additional big nuclear plants earlier this century.
Duke Energy’s draft Carbon Plan is short-sighted, inadequate, and unnecessarily polluting and costly – particularly to citizens who continue to bear the greatest burdens.