This summer, as the North Carolina Utilities Commission prepared to hear testimony from Duke Energy and other parties on the state carbon plan that the Commission must issue by the end of this year, something unexpected happened: After months of stonewalling, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) agreed to a compromise on federal climate funding.
In 2021, HB951 instructed the NC Utilities Commission to establish a state carbon plan to reduce CO2 emissions 70% by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. The carbon plan will be in place by December 2022 and reviewed every 2 years thereafter.
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A top climate expert leads 45 scientists in writing a letter calling for Gov. Roy Cooper and Duke Energy CEO Lynn Good to stop Duke’s gas expansion.
Duke commissioned federal study that called for far more renewables; utilities commission now say it’s too late to consider, but they should seek more time from legislature.
By 2017, Duke Energy had squandered billions of dollars and 13 years failing to license and build experimental nuclear reactors they had insisted would avoid the massive construction failures of the 1970s. Now, Duke is seeking approval of a carbon plan with a different type of experimental reactor – with unfinished design and already-soaring costs – and proposes to build dozens of them in the Carolinas alone.
San Diego engineer offers proven plan that would avoid billions in transmission costs and disruption of communities, boost resilience and avoid Duke Energy’s huge gas expansion.
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.
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.