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Power Play: Countering Electric Utilities’ Political Influence

Marathon Oil, First Energy, Dominion Energy, Duke Energy and Fedex are top corporate political campaign donors for Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, the Carolinas and Tennessee, respectively

Public interest groups are building political will to counter electric utilities’ influence in state governments.

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The Problem with Monopoly Utilities

Transmission lines.

Much of America’s energy system still runs like it did in the early 20th century, but times are changing.

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Hurricane Highlights Coal Ash Risks

September’s Hurricane Florence breached two of Duke Energy’s coal ash and wastewater impoundments.

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N.C. Solar Developers Lose Challenge to Duke

The North Carolina Utilities Commission denied requests to review conditions for battery storage Duke Energy inserted into power-purchase agreements for 680 megawatts of new solar projects.

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N.C. Slashes Duke Energy Carolinas Rate Hike

North Carolina regulators denied Duke Energy Carolinas’ request to enact a 13.6 percent overall rate hike, instead approving a 0.3 percent increase for residential customers for four years before rates rise.

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Duke Energy’s grid modernization pilot still shortchanges ratepayers

Appalachian Voices and our allies are raising concerns related to the process and substance behind Duke Energy’s grid modernization pilot.

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Solar Advocates Lose N.C. Court Case

In May, the North Carolina Supreme Court upheld a Duke Energy-backed ruling that nonprofit group NC WARN violated the law by installing solar panels on and selling power to a Greensboro church.

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Citizens boycott N.C. coal ash meeting

Greensboro, N.C. — Members of a statewide coalition who have been advocating for years for proper cleanup and disposal of massive coal ash ponds around the state today announced they are boycotting a public meeting in Greensboro scheduled for tonight

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Duke Energy Raises Electricity Rates

The North Carolina Utilities Commission allowed Duke Energy subsidiary Duke Energy Progress to raise its customers’ utility bills in part to pay for state-mandated coal ash cleanup.

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N.C. regulators shift coal ash cleanup costs to ratepayers

The North Carolina Utilities Commission signed off on a rate hike proposed by Duke Energy, effectively shifting the cost burden of cleaning up coal ash onto many families who are already struggling to stay afloat.

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