On June 15, an energy bill was introduced in the NC House – the result of months of secret meetings between the House GOP, Duke Energy and a few other hand-picked stakeholders. The process excluded all Democrats and all environmental and consumer advocates. A month later, it passed the House in the wee hours of July 15 and moved to the Senate.
This backroom bill doesn’t even mention climate change. Moreover, it not only supports but mandates what Duke Energy has been pushing for: construction of new fracked gas-burning power plants. It also guts the authority of the NC Utilities Commission to make Duke prove it needs them.
We and allies defeated a similar bill 2 years ago. Now we must do it again.
Tell your NC House and Senate members to vote NO on HB 951, the Duke Energy-controlled “ratepayer rip-off bill.”
Get more info:
Text of the bill
Info sheet from Energy Justice NC coalition
Newspaper ad by NC WARN and Appalachian Voices
NC WARN’s initial statement on HB951
News & Observer/Charlotte Observer editorial
Find links to news coverage at the bottom of this page
“The House Republican energy legislation revealed for the first time this week would cost ratepayers too much, fall short of clean energy goals, hamper job recruitment and weaken the Utilities Commission which exists to provide accountability for utility companies. It takes some steps toward more renewable energy but not nearly enough and it’s clear they need to go back to the drawing board and negotiate with a broader spectrum of stakeholders in order to get a better plan.”
— NC Governor Roy Cooper
Regulators clarify that utilities cannot charge ratepayers for political spending, but they’re free to spend profits on campaigns, including dark money groups. SEE ALL HB 951 POSTS
The NC Utilities Commission closed several, but not all, loopholes in rules prohibiting public utilities, notably Duke Energy, from passing along lobbying and advertising expenses to ratepayers, according to a ruling issued last week. SEE ALL HB 951 POSTS