NC WARN and the Center for Biological Diversity have filed a legal challenge to Duke Energy’s climate-wrecking, 15-year plan for the Carolinas
Duke Energy’s 15-year plan for the Carolinas seeks a massive buildout of new fracked-gas-burning power plants (over 50 units) and slow-walks cheaper renewables.
Duke exaggerates its future demand and keeps dozens of existing plants idle in order to justify charging customers billions for fracked gas-burning power plants.
Duke now gets only 5% of its electricity from renewables, and projects to be at only 14% in 2035, while the current national average is 19.8%.
Duke exaggerates the cost of renewables and underestimates the cost of gas to make clean solutions look more expensive.
If Duke replaced gas with solar paired with batteries, it could avoid constant rate hikes, create more jobs and help slow the climate crisis that’s already devastating the most vulnerable North Carolinians.
NC WARN and Center for Biological Diversity have requested that the Commission hold an evidentiary hearing to resolve disputes of fact in Duke’s IRP.
Tell the NC Utilities Commission to reject Duke Energy’s dirty and expensive 15-year plan!
Send your comments (short or long) to
(put Docket E-100, Sub 165 in subject line)
Online Public Hearings
The NC Utilities Commission’s single IRP public hearing was turned into 6 public hearings when 211 people signed up to testify!
The hearings were held online and livestreamed between April 14 and May 26. Recordings are available on the Commission’s YouTube page. (Scroll through the videos till you get to the right date range, then look for “E-100 Sub 165” at the beginning of the video titles.)
- Bill Powers' IRP Analysis
- Duke Energy IRP Report Card
- Report card webinar
- 11 NC Cities/Counties Critique IRP
- 8 Large Businesses Critique IRP
- Other critiques of Duke IRPs
- Climate Risk and Stranded Assets (ETI)
- The Dirty Truth (Sierra Club)
- Duke's Ill-Advised Gas Bet (IEEFA)
- Duke's Overstated Demand Growth Forecasts (IEEFA)
- Duke's Dismissal of Battery Storage (IEEFA)
- A Misguided Rush to Gas (IEEFA webinar)
- Why other states have rejected IRPs
- Duke Energy Carolinas full IRP
- Duke Energy Progress full IRP
- Summary table from DEP IRP (Duke's 6 scenarios)
- Media coverage
NC WARN has teamed up with the Center for Biological Diversity to contest Duke’s Integrated Resource Plan at the NC Utilities Commission. This is the plan Duke files with regulators every two years to project how it will generate electricity over the next 15 years.
Several excellent reports have been published recently, pointing out various serious problems with Duke’s plan. Find links to those in the Resources box on this page.
“It’s time to stop pretending Duke Energy is working to slow the climate crisis. Duke Energy is working only to increase its profits, as this IRP amply demonstrates. Other utilities are turning toward — and profiting from — clean energy, while Duke is still making excuses for its huge fracked gas expansion. The Utilities Commission should demand more.”
—Jim Warren, Executive Director, NC WARN
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 Duke's 15-Year Plan POSTS
The NC Utilities Commission just announced that it will conduct additional proceedings to take a deeper look into Duke Energy’s hotly contested 15-year Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). This is yet another major problem for the nation’s worst climate-polluting electricity provider. SEE ALL Duke's 15-Year Plan POSTS