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.
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
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
Duke Energy is attempting to win major concessions from North Carolina lawmakers on an energy bill that would fundamentally change the state’s regulatory landscape, setting up a potential veto showdown with Governor Roy Cooper, and a battle with some of the state’s largest employers. SEE ALL HB 951 POSTS
State regulators will take a closer look at Duke Energy’s long-term energy plans, they said Tuesday, delaying required approvals on keystone documents. The North Carolina Utilities Commission’s announcement comes after regulators in South Carolina this month rejected Duke’s plans in that state, adding more uncertainty to energy giant’s future construction plans. SEE ALL HB 951 POSTS