November 20, 2015 -
Dirty-energy interests including Duke Energy and Koch Industries' owners are spending aggressively to kill policies that aim to speed the transition to a more environmentally sustainable energy future in states including North Carolina and Florida.
November 2, 2015 -
The nation's largest electric utility is going after a nonprofit energy watchdog for installing a solar system on the roof of a North Carolina church and selling it clean power in violation of state laws granting utilities monopoly status.
October 28, 2015 -
North Carolina-based Duke Energy, already the nation's largest electric utility, has announced plans to buy Piedmont Natural Gas for $4.9 billion in cash. The merger would expand Duke's natural gas operations — and boost its already outsized political might.
October 14, 2015 -
Accusing state regulators and the utility giant of "extraordinary efforts" to marginalize conservation groups' interests in addressing coal ash pollution, the Southern Environmental Law Center has filed a legal action seeking to overturn a controversial settlement reached without the groups' input or knowledge.
October 7, 2015 -
An alliance of grassroots groups has filed an emergency complaint with North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper calling on him to force the Charlotte-based utility giant to honor its corporate charter requiring it to act in the public interest by curbing its climate pollution and political influence.
October 6, 2015 -
A Clean Air Act loophole exempts the auto industry from criminal penalties, so federal law enforcement officials are considering bringing charges against emissions-cheating Volkswagen under other laws. Criminal charges in environmental cases have ample precedent, as BP, Transocean, Halliburton, Wal-Mart and Duke Energy can attest.
October 5, 2015 -
Days after announcing a settlement with the utility over its widespread coal ash pollution, N.C. officials were monitoring two of its high-hazard dams holding back millions of tons of the toxic power plant waste after reports of rain-related issues. State officials say the problems — seepage on one dam and a sinkhole near another — are not polluting the environment or endangering the public.