The Front Porch Blog, with Updates from AppalachiaThe Front Porch Blog, with Updates from Appalachia


North Carolina Utilities Commission should make the right decision on Duke’s Carbon Plan

Tuesday, November 29th, 2022 | Posted by Josh McClenney | No Comments

Why do legislators and those who blindly accept Duke’s promises act surprised when vague commitments around affordability result in ratepayers getting the short end of the stick? Why do they feign surprise when Duke Energy suggests missing a timeline they set for themselves? Why do they pretend to be shocked when years of advocacy and “compromise” result in a utility cherry-picking what they want, robbing Peter to pay Paul. [ Read More ]

Democracy in action

Monday, October 24th, 2022 | Posted by Josh McClenney | 1 Comment

Voting an exercise in community. It’s an exercise in finding ways in each of our own lives that build a more equitable and resilient community that works for all of us. [ Read More ]

Duke Energy’s Carbon Plan falls far short

Friday, May 27th, 2022 | Posted by Josh McClenney | 1 Comment

Duke Energy would miss important deadlines for reducing carbon emissions and continue relying on polluting fuels if it's inadequate Carbon Plan moves forward. [ Read More ]

Pushing for transparency and equitable outcomes in North Carolina’s Carbon Plan

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2022 | Posted by Josh McClenney | No Comments

Duke Energy's approach to the carbon reduction plan is long on fossil fuels and short on concern for public input and affordability. [ Read More ]

The ups and downs of the 2021 N.C. legislative session

Friday, December 17th, 2021 | Posted by Josh McClenney | No Comments

A long and contentious North Carolina legislative session was marked by a loss against HB 951, a win against HB 220, and an AV team more ready than ever to continue fighting for equity in our energy policies. [ Read More ]

NC’s bad ratepayer bill passed into law

Wednesday, November 17th, 2021 | Posted by Josh McClenney | No Comments

Despite immense pressure from advocates and ratepayers, NC Gov. Roy Cooper signed HB 951, Duke Energy’s handwritten legislation that will drastically raise rates on families and small businesses, into law. [ Read More ]

Duke Energy-backed bill would raise rates, doesn’t guarantee climate measures

Thursday, October 7th, 2021 | Posted by Josh McClenney | No Comments

Instead of taking the path outlined by Governor Cooper’s Clean Energy Plan, Duke Energy has continued to work behind closed doors to write legislation that lines the pockets of its shareholders, on the backs of ratepayers, while failing to guarantee that the 70% carbon reductions envisioned in the bill will even be achieved by the 2030 target date. [ Read More ]

Proposed NC energy bill would enrich Duke Energy at its customers’ expense

Sunday, July 25th, 2021 | Posted by Josh McClenney | No Comments

Legislation that Duke Energy and NC Republican lawmakers have crafted in secret for the better part of six months is a horrific piece of public policy. [ Read More ]

Good and bad bills in NC legislature

Friday, April 23rd, 2021 | Posted by Josh McClenney | No Comments

It's spring, which means the bills coming into the North Carolina legislature are about as thick as the pollen in the air here. Our NC Field Coordinator Josh McClenney gives us a quick preview of the 2021 session. [ Read More ]

Energy cost hike would burden N.C. families

Tuesday, October 6th, 2020 | Posted by Josh McClenney | No Comments

The Covid and economic crisis has laid bare the monthly struggle too many Americans have faced for a long time -- whether to pay their electric bill or buy other essentials like food, medicine or school supplies and risk having their power shut off. [ Read More ]

Duke Energy rate hike hearings 2020

Saturday, December 21st, 2019 | Posted by Josh McClenney | No Comments

After our victory on North Carolina's Senate Bill 559, Duke Energy is yet again asking the state regulators for permission to raise the rates it charges families and businesses. [ Read More ]



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