NC WARN is honored to be a co-founding member of Energy Justice NC: End the Duke Monopoly, a diverse new coalition of local, state and national groups that has launched a vigorous statewide campaign to end Duke Energy’s monopoly control of North Carolina’s energy markets and public officials.
The Energy Justice NC coalition is anchored by leaders from communities most impacted by Duke’s toxic coal ash, the proposed fracked-gas Atlantic Coast Pipeline, hog waste biogas, and worsening hurricanes caused in part by Duke’s ongoing burning of coal and fracked “natural” gas.
Duke Energy is harming communities, gouging customers, blocking the growth of cheaper solar and wind power with storage – and making the climate crisis worse via its massive expansion of fracked gas.
We’re calling on every North Carolinian to join this effort, help slow the climate crisis and break free from Duke’s monopoly capture.
A major shift has begun across North Carolina. Help us bring a competitive electricity market to our state to drive innovation and lower costs to consumers.
If your organization, business or government entity would like to be a member of the Energy Justice NC Coalition and pledges to reject any contribution or other payment offered by Duke Energy, you can sign the petition and endorse the campaign here.
More information on the coalition website: energyjusticenc.org
Facing South report on the campaign that also includes a history of utility regulation and legislation and a summary of current restructuring efforts nationwide
News release and media coverage of the coalition’s efforts to defeat Senate Bill 559, the “Ratepayer Rip-Off Bill” that could give Duke Energy five-year blocks of annual rate increases with reduced regulatory and public oversight
The coalition was launched with a press conference on February 13 in Raleigh, after which we delivered letters to the governor and legislature. Read the press release.
Coalition members are:
Alliance for Climate Education
Alliance for Energy Democracy
Concerned Citizens of Maxton
Center for Biological Diversity
Down East Coal Ash Coalition
Friends of the Earth
NC Climate Justice Collective
NC Environmental Justice Network
Protecting Progress in Durham
Rachel Carson Council
RedTailed Hawk Collective
NC WARN’s November 2018 TV ad
The state is failing low-income communities with large African-American and Native American populations by allowing polluting industries to concentrate in their counties, a group of residents said Wednesday as they demanded that an environmental justice advisory board do more to advocate for them. SEE ALL Energy Justice NC POSTS
“I’m on the side of innovation and free markets,” Szoka said, adding that the “highly controlled monopolies” that run the industry today are approaching “a tipping point” where change is imminent. “Their best days are behind them and I think we need something else,” he said. SEE ALL Energy Justice NC POSTS