Duke Energy

Performance mocks Duke CEO's honor

Street theater in downtown Charlotte:

Annie Vereen and Jack Kirven of Viscera Dance Theatre staged a protest this morning outside of Morton's Steakhouse in uptown. The event happened as Rogers was set to receive the "Business Person of the Year" award from the Charlotte Business Journal

Maybe they can also get Jimbo to answer James's question about Duke's stand on Amendment One: Still No Answer

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Greenpeace takes Duke Energy to task over rate hikes

From the Charlotte Observer

Six Greenpeace protesters were arrested after unfurling a sign in front of the Duke Energy building Wednesday morning, protesting the company’s recently-approved rate hikes.

Perhaps if Duke Energy spent a little less money trying to buy it's way into the Governor's Mansion, they wouldn't need to raise rates on their captive customer base across North Carolina to fund improvements required to meet more stringent environmental laws.

Last month, the N.C. Utilities Commission approved an overall 7 percent rate increase for Duke Energy’s 1.8 million customers in the state. Monthly bills for typical residential customers will go up about $7.

Heaven forbid they should tighten the belt a little bit.

Duke Energy's Jim Rogers to get "Vision" award

I guess it makes sense. If your "vision" is to have a governor who will suppress voting rights and discriminate against gays and lesbians, then by all means, let the awards begin! Congratulations, Mr. Rogers. It takes a big guy to pollute the planet, subvert democracy, and screw over your gay employees all in one career.

Another reason why the Duke + Progress deal should be stopped in its tracks

Only in Mitt Romney's world where corporations are people does it all make sense.

This week the NC Justice Center, NC WARN and the NC Housing Coalition challenged the proposed Duke Energy rate hike settlement that the NC Utilities Commission Public Staff is supporting. The organizations are highlighting how unfair the proposal for a 7.21% rate increase is to residential and most business customers, because the rate allocation method is biased to accommodate energy hogging industries.

There is nothing, not one damn thing, to be gained by the citizens of North Carolina in the merger of Duke Energy and Progress Energy.

Still no answer

We close the year as we started it, with one of the nation's largest public companies refusing to fight against laws that make gays and lesbians second-class citizens. CEO Jim Rogers has declined every opportunity to say that Duke Energy will not give campaign contributions to marriage bigots like Pat McCrory. At least we now know where the company stands: squarely against equality and fairness.

Worst case scenarios: Nightmare on Blount Street

Thanks to Citizens United, the sign currently in front of the Governor's Mansion is a For Sale sign. If Pat McCrory were to get his way, however, we'd soon see a more ominous sign out front. Though some carbonistas would love to see that happen, most sane people understand that the interests of Duke Energy and the interests of We the People have almost no commonality.

Greenpeace putting the screws to Duke Energy

For talking out of both sides of their mouth on the mercury issue:

“Given your stated preparedness for the rule, we are puzzled by Duke Energy’s potential affiliation with the Electric Reliability Coordinating Council. As you may know, the ERCC is aggressively seeking to delay and weaken much-needed federal mercury protections.”

Here's a little background on ERCC, for those who can stomach it:

Duke Energy v. Duke University

When it comes to working from a base of facts about renewable energy in North Carolina, it's a battle of two Dukes. Duke Energy would have us believe their coal-dirty hands are tied and alternatives are impractical. Duke University, on the other hand, seems to suggest that Duke Energy is full of crap.

When you're in a clear-thinking state of mind, download Myths and Facts about Electricity in the South (pdf) and read it cover to cover. You'll come to grip with six myths.

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