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.
Virginia and South Carolina regulators have both rejected utility plans recently. Help make this happen in North Carolina, too.
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 single IRP public hearing was turned into 6 public hearings when 211 people signed up to testify!
The hearings are scheduled for 6pm on April 14 and 19, and May 5, 12, 17, and 26.
If you signed up before the deadline, you will receive an email telling you which day you’re scheduled to testify. You won’t be able to reschedule. You will have 5 minutes to speak.
The hearings will be livestreamed on YouTube (the link will be posted on the Commission’s YouTube page on the day of each hearing.)
Watch a video with tips on testifying.
- 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 is teaming 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
Duke leaders keep conning the public with new greenwashing ads. New federal data show that nearly 20% of U.S. electricity* generation in 2020 came from renewable power – up from the earlier figure of 18% cited in NC WARN’s ongoing ad campaign. SEE ALL Duke's 15-Year Plan POSTS
Date on which the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC) will hold a public hearing about Duke Energy’s latest Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), a biennial blueprint for how the company intends to generate electricity for the next 15 climate-critical years: 3/16/2021 SEE ALL Duke's 15-Year Plan POSTS