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 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.
South Carolina regulators rejected Duke’s IRP and NC Attorney General Josh Stein wants the NC Utilities Commission to do the same. Unfortunately, the revised plan that Duke submitted in SC still foresees more than 50 new gas units by 2035.
NC WARN and Center for Biological Diversity called on the Commission to hold an evidentiary hearing to resolve disputes of fact in Duke’s IRP. The Commission denied the request and instead called for a 2-day technical conference Sept. 30-Oct. 1. Watch it live!
Submit your public 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!
Recordings of the hearings are available on the Commission’s YouTube page.
- 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)
- Pathway to Decarbonization (Brattle Group)
- 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)
- DEP South Carolina revised IRP
- DEC South Carolina revised IRP
- 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
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 Duke's 15-Year Plan 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 Duke's 15-Year Plan POSTS