Online Workshop: Oppose Duke’s Dirty Gas Plans

Attend our Online Workshop and Hold Duke Energy Accountable

There’s still time to register for our online workshop preparing you to effectively comment on Duke Energy’s dirty gas plans. The virtual workshop is tomorrow, Tuesday, June 4, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. 

As the workshop description states, “Duke Energy has proposed one of the largest methane gas buildouts in the United States. This plan will raise YOUR energy bill by $80 per month over the next 15 years. Gas is expensive and harms our environment and communities. We need your voice to stop this plan before Duke Energy cements North Carolina’s residents and our pocketbooks in expensive, unnecessary methane gas. Our public comment workshop will teach you how to speak at the North Carolina Utilities Commission to help us stop Duke Energy in its tracks.” 

An important, virtual public hearing on one part of Duke’s dirty gas plan is coming up on June 12. While registration to speak at the virtual hearing is full, speakers can give testimony at the in-person meeting on June 13 at Person County Courthouse 105 South Main Street, Superior Courtroom in Roxboro. These hearings will take public comments on Duke’s plan to build two large methane gas turbine units at the site of its existing coal power plant in Roxboro (Person County).

Economically Unaffordable and Environmentally Destructive

Evidence continues to build the case that Duke’s proposed dirty gas buildout is environmentally destructive, economically unaffordable, and completely unnecessary. Testimonies filed last week at the NC Utilities Commission (NCUC) on behalf of several citizen environmental groups support the case for affordable and clean renewable energy development instead. 

“We know carbon-free, clean energy resources work for our wallets, our health, and our ability to keep the lights on during both winter storms and hot summer days. We know Duke Energy is capable of helping customers reduce the cost of their energy bills while relying on energy efficiency and eco-friendly distributed resources, demonstrated by its rebate program for installing home solar and battery systems,” said Maggie Shober, research director for the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy. “We urge Duke to expand innovative initiatives, accelerate no-regrets clean energy deployment, and remove artificial barriers that would slow the energy transition.” 

“A mix of solar, onshore, and offshore wind can provide consistent, predictable power supply in the Carolinas. We do not need – and cannot afford – the risky and costly plan Duke Energy is proposing,” summarized Will Scott of the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). See EDF’s full filed testimony here.

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