Environment

North Carolina GOP Energy Reform Bill Passes House But Faces Opposition

By Camilo Vergara / July 23, 2021 / Comments Off on North Carolina GOP Energy Reform Bill Passes House But Faces Opposition

Nothing says openness and transparency like a last minute midnight vote on a controversial energy bill that Duke Energy has been the driving force for with some legislators for months. A 57- 49 vote came just after midnight last week for the Republican-backed House Bill 951. HB 951 is legislation that would deliver a number…

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NC panel signs off on Duke Energy orders on rates, coal ash

By Alanna Joyner / April 19, 2021 / Comments Off on NC panel signs off on Duke Energy orders on rates, coal ash

On Friday, the N.C. Utilities Commission approved two orders involving Duke Energy’s two electric subsidiaries in the state over rate increases requested back in 2019 and a settlement announced in January by Duke Energy, Attorney General Josh Stein and a conservation group over how coal ash clean-up cost. According to the Triad Business Journal, the…

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Duke Energy customers to save $1.1 billion in settlement over coal ash cleanup costs

By Alanna Joyner / January 26, 2021 / Comments Off on Duke Energy customers to save $1.1 billion in settlement over coal ash cleanup costs

Duke Energy, North Carolina officials and the Sierra Club announced Monday an agreement over the coal ash cleanup. Duke Energy agreed to pay over $1 billion to recycle the ash and close the plants producing them, but the customers may get stuck with the rest of the bill.  Under the settlement  — which still must…

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Charlotte Business Journal: Duke Energy Carolinas, critics continue to quarrel over coal-ash costs

By Alanna Joyner / September 15, 2020 / Comments Off on Charlotte Business Journal: Duke Energy Carolinas, critics continue to quarrel over coal-ash costs

On Friday, North Carolina regulators wrapped up hearings on Duke Energy Carolinas’ proposed rate hikes on its customers. Duke Energy Carolinas is seeking a 2.1 percent rate hike over the next two years — essentially forking over its $490 million in coal-ash clean up to customers. The N.C. Attorney General’s Office, Sierra Club and the…

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N.C. Policy Watch: New research confirms presence of toxic “forever chemicals” in scores of NC water supplies

By Alanna Joyner / July 2, 2020 / Comments Off on N.C. Policy Watch: New research confirms presence of toxic “forever chemicals” in scores of NC water supplies

According to a new study, raw water supplies for at least 150 public utilities in North Carolina contained some level of toxic fluorinated chemicals, known as PFAS or “forever chemicals”, because they never break down in the environment. This comes after researchers from N.C. State University finding GenX chemicals in wells and water from 70 …

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Trump and his EPA dismantle environmental protections under cover of COVID-19 crisis

By Alanna Joyner / June 24, 2020 / Comments Off on Trump and his EPA dismantle environmental protections under cover of COVID-19 crisis

Last week, the federal government overruled North Carolina’s objection to seismic testing off the coast, saying the activity proposed by the company, WesternGeco, is in the national interest. Trump’s offshore drilling plan will allow the Bureau of Ocean and Energy Management to issue permits for seismic testing on the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf, from Maryland…

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WRAL: EPA won’t further limit air pollution despite coronavirus concerns

By Alanna Joyner / May 4, 2020 / Comments Off on WRAL: EPA won’t further limit air pollution despite coronavirus concerns

On Thursday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it will not enforce regulations that would limit the amount of small particles in our air. This comes after a new study released by Harvard found that people with COVID-19 who live in regions with high levels of air pollution across the country, are more likely…

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Trump’s “open license to pollute” could prove fatal as exposure to air pollution increases risk of death from COVID-19

By Alanna Joyner / April 16, 2020 / Comments Off on Trump’s “open license to pollute” could prove fatal as exposure to air pollution increases risk of death from COVID-19

Last month, Trump’s administration rolled back several environmental laws and fines during the coronavirus pandemic. According to new guidelines from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), companies will be exempt from consequences for polluting the air or water during the outbreak. Companies are not expected to adhere to environmental standards or report pollution during this time…

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Duke Energy still seeks rate hikes even as profits are up

By Alanna Joyner / February 18, 2020 / Comments Off on Duke Energy still seeks rate hikes even as profits are up

Duke Energy turned a profit of $660 million for the last three months of 2019, up 42% from a year ago. This comes after Duke Energy’s proposed rate hike request to raise over $123 MILLION on the backs of rate-payers to pay for their toxic coal ash clean up.  From WFAE: Duke CEO Lynn Good…

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NC Policy Watch: Duke Energy says it will fully excavate coal ash from unlined ponds, but that won’t fix the legacy of contamination

By Alanna Joyner / February 11, 2020 / Comments Off on NC Policy Watch: Duke Energy says it will fully excavate coal ash from unlined ponds, but that won’t fix the legacy of contamination

For the next two weeks, the NC Department of Environmental Quality is hosting six coal ash cleanup public meetings across North Carolina. Duke Energy’s closure plans for the ash basins at the remaining six plants in North Carolina will be up for discussion in Person, Wayne, Chatham and Robeson counties. Monday kicked off the first…

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