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Proven Solar Power Program Lands on Triad Rooftops in North Carolina

Solarize Triad will counter Duke Energy’s drive to keep raising rates – by making solar power & energy savings cheaper and easier than ever

Clean energy nonprofit NC WARN and other grassroots organizations across North Carolina have adopted the highly successful Solarize model that expands solar power on homes and businesses, cuts greenhouse gases, adds local jobs and helps avoid more rate increases for all customers.  Since mid-2013, the groups have added over 1.4 megawatts of new solar power to more than 280 rooftops around the state.

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NC WARN Demands Duke Energy Withdraw Applications for Toxic Waste Landfills in Lee and Chatham

Duke Energy misled the public about “filling clay mines” and could be planning a two-state coal ash dump

Duke Energy’s November proposal to truck millions of tons of toxic coal ash to Lee and Chatham counties was not presented honestly to the public, it violates community sovereignty, and it would spread Duke’s coal ash negligence onto even more state residents and taxpayers. 

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Federal Complaint Filed due to Glut in Southeastern Electric Supply as Monopolies Keep Building Plants, Raising Rates

Duke Energy, others manipulate electricity markets, waste billions of customer dollars as power plants sit idle while more are being built, says watchdog group

Despite huge amounts of excess power generation capacity on hand now and for decades to come – and dozens of large plants sitting idle most of the year – southeastern utilities keep building more plants instead of buying power from each other as federal regulators have urged.  Watchdog group NC WARN told those regulators that electricity customers are being gouged by billions in unwarranted rate increases because Duke Energy and others are protected monopolies that thwart competition and wield undue influence over state regulators.

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NC Utilities Commission Issues Order on Payments to Independent Power Producers

The North Carolina Utilities Commission issued an order today in its biennial proceeding to set the rates that electric utilities must pay when they buy power from independent power producers, such as solar companies.

Recognizing independent power producers’ right to long-term, fixed rates, the Commission ordered that utilities must continue to offer standard contracts for independent power producers up to 5 megawatts in size, for contract lengths up to 15 years. The Commission also refused Duke Energy’s request for inclusion of a solar integration cost penalty in its rates, noting that such inclusion will be appropriate only when both the costs and benefits of solar are fairly evaluated.

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North Carolina Commission Ruling Harms NC Solar Industry

Statement by NC WARN Director Jim Warren on the New Year’s Eve’s NC Utilities Commission order in the Avoided Cost docket:

Prior to July hearings, during the hearings, and since the hearings, solar industry companies have made clear that Duke Energy’s practices are already seriously harming them – and that they need regulators to improve contract conditions in order to force Duke to quit stalling large independent solar projects.

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Relocated Residents Near CTS of Asheville, Inc. Superfund Site to Return Home

 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) contacted the three families relocated due to elevated levels of trichloroethylene (TCE) at their residences near the CTS of Asheville, Inc. Superfund site in Asheville, N.C., to let them know they may return home, effective immediately.

After elevated TCE levels were detected inside three homes in June 2014, all three affected families agreed to temporarily relocate. EPA has provided relocation assistance and has been working closely with these families.

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