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Gov. Cooper's appointments herald change for Duke Energy oversight

Sue Sturgis

The nation's largest investor-owned utility was recently named the worst for the environment. But changes recently proposed for the utility regulatory commission by the governor in the company's home state of North Carolina could push Duke in a more environmentally sustainable direction.

INSTITUTE INDEX: Who will pay to clean up Duke Energy's coal ash pits?

Sue Sturgis

North Carolina is now the third state in the South to order utilities to excavate all of their coal ash pits and move the toxic material to lined landfills. Duke Energy wants to charge its customers for the work, but some state lawmakers are trying to prevent that from happening. Meanwhile, the company is challenging the order.

Duke Energy's monopoly power faces challenges in Southern states

Sue Sturgis

A new coalition seeks to end Duke Energy's electric monopoly in North Carolina in hopes of hastening the shift to clean energy. There's also an effort underway to bring competition to the electricity market in Florida, where Duke operates as a regional monopoly.

Duke Energy ups bond demand from nonprofits challenging fracked gas plant to $240M

Sue Sturgis

The utility initially requested a $50 million bond from two climate watchdog groups challenging the planned construction of a $1 billion gas plant near Asheville. Now Duke is asking for almost triple that amount in a move with serious implications for democracy.

A setback for Duke Energy, N.C. regulators in fight over gas plant

Sue Sturgis
Two climate watchdogs will now have a chance to continue their appeal of North Carolina regulators' decision allowing Duke Energy to build a $1.1 billion fracked gas power plant thanks to an order handed down this week by the state appeals court rejecting a $10 million bond requirement from the nonprofit groups.

Duke Energy flexes political muscle on fracked gas, coal ash

Sue Sturgis

In recent weeks, the company got the N.C. Utilities Commission to require an unprecedented $10 million bond from grassroots groups seeking to block construction of a fracked gas plant and lobbied N.C. lawmakers to get a coal ash bill that watchdogs have blasted as a "bailout" and a "sweetheart deal."

Nonprofit loses first round in fight with N.C. over third-party solar power sales

Sue Sturgis

North Carolina regulators ruled against NC WARN after it installed solar panels on the roof of a church and sold it the electricity, saying the arrangement violates the state's private utility monopoly system. The nonprofit says it will take the case to court.

INSTITUTE INDEX: Duke Energy challenged on secrecy surrounding controversial NC gas plant

Sue Sturgis
The utility company wants to build a new $750 million gas-fired power plant in Western North Carolina. But it's been less than forthcoming with details about the plan, so environmental watchdogs have turned to the courts in hopes of forcing more transparency.

Duke Energy seeks $120K fine against nonprofit challenging its solar monopoly

Sue Sturgis
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.