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People’s Energy Plan listening and info session, Charlotte, NC

Session is part of a statewide series to share information on electricity prices in North Carolina and help residents get their voices heard in the state’s process to transition to clean energy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 4, 2022

CONTACT
Maddy Koch, North Carolina Field Coordinator, (828) 773-4781, maddy@appvoices.org

Charlotte, N.C. — Appalachian Voices and Action for the Climate Emergency (ACE) will host a listening and information session on North Carolina energy in Charlotte on Nov. 15 at 6 p.m. The event is part of our People’s Energy Plan, a statewide tour to share information about electricity bill increases, the carbon plan and the Inflation Reduction Act. We also want to hear the concerns, hopes and innovations residents want to see in an energy transition. Join us for food, community engagement and inspiring conversation.

Who: Appalachian Voices and Action for the Climate Emergency
What: A People’s Energy Plan: Why Duke wants to raise your rates, and what you can do about it
Where: Charlotte Mecklenburg Library – South Boulevard, 4429 South Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28209
When: Tuesday, Nov. 15 from 6 – 7:30 p.m.

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Background: We’re at a unique moment in North Carolina’s transition to clean energy. The state has strong climate goals to reduce carbon emission by 70% by 2030 and to reach carbon neutrality by 2050. Additionally, the federal Inflation Reduction Act will mean unprecedented investment in clean energy technologies and increased access to these technologies for everyday Americans. However, we are also seeing high electricity costs for many North Carolina residents and Duke Energy is continuing to raise rates and refusing to invest in clean, renewable energy even as it becomes the cheaper option.

A lot is going to change in our state’s energy future, and with these exciting opportunities, Appalachian Voices and Action for the Climate Emergency want to make sure our electricity generation prioritizes people over profit and adequately addresses the impacts of climate change — but we also want to learn what issues are most important to local communities and work towards changes that reflect these values.

This is why we’re building the NC People’s Energy Plan — a project to elevate the voices of North Carolinians to ensure they have a say in North Carolina’s energy policies for thriving, sustainable communities.

In order for the NC People’s Energy Plan to work, we’re hitting the road and traveling all over the Tar Heel State to hear residents’ concerns with our current electric system. We’re kicking off this tour by hosting a listening session at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library on Nov. 15 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

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Appalachian Voices is a leading nonprofit advocate for a healthy environment and just economy in the Appalachian region, and a driving force in America’s shift from fossil fuels to a clean energy future.

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