Submitted by Steven He on Fri, 06/26/2009 - 11:24am
On Wednesday, many expected House Bill 1050, to create NC SAVE$ ENERGY, to pass quickly out of the Energy and Energy Efficiency Committee. Ultimately, we were fortunate that the bill did NOT come to a vote as the hearing did not go as anticipated.
Representative Pricey Harrison opened the committee hearing with a solid introduction of the bill’s goals, but Committee Chair Angela Bryant offered to just have a discussion about the bill with no vote “to take the pressure off.”
Earlier in the day, teams of lobbyists from the utility corporations were spotted all over the state legislature. It is obvious that House Bill 1050 has got the utilities’ attention, and in the last days, they have made it known that they do not want an organization other than themselves running energy efficiency in North Carolina.
Submitted by Steven He on Tue, 06/23/2009 - 3:35pm
House Bill 1050, the NC SAVE$ ENERGY bill, is going to be introduced into the Energy and Energy Efficiency Committee this Wednesday. The bill, which plans on creating an independent energy efficiency program in North Carolina, will create thousands of green jobs, lower greenhouse gas emissions, and keep all of our energy rates down in the coming years.
Submitted by Steven He on Wed, 05/20/2009 - 2:42pm
As tired as we all may be about listening to environmental organizations preach about the need to reform our outlook toward global climate change, their message has still not fully been heard. The problems that climate change has placed on this world are very real, and are becoming more and more apparent everyday. Yet still, most Americans are content either giving in to apathy or ignoring these important issues all together.
In September 2003, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission fined Duke Energy $28 million for manipulating natural gas markets.
In December 2003, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission fined Duke Energy $2.5 million, resolving an investigation into allegations that Duke engaged in market gaming practices during the California energy crisis.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The breezes blowing across the shallow waters of the mid-Atlantic coast, including North Carolina, hold some of the nation's highest potential for harvesting wind energy, a new federal report says.
Submitted by electric on Thu, 12/04/2008 - 11:36am
Your electric bill to Progress Energy, Duke Energy, ElectriCities (the middle man collector for your city), Dominion and the Rural Cooperatives now goes for some fun at a party. The Daily Advance called ElectriCities beach bash “poopin the party” but I call this “lighting the party.”
No offense Governor-elect Perdue but I would expect this from McCrory but not you. I could have seen this deal unfolding with McCrory and Duke. Don’t let these people pay the way for your Inaugural Ball. It is wrong when rates are going up and people cannot afford proper heat and light. Especially ElectriCities – they should have been (from pure common sense) prevented from spending money on parties any more.
ACORN, Clean Water for North Carolina, NCPIRG, and NCWARN joined by AARP and others to announce and support an energy and money saving alternative.
What: As families struggle to pay escalating energy bills, they need real ways to save energy and save money. Utility-led proposals are leaving them with few options. Join us as we present an update on the Duke Energy Save-a-Watt hearing, point out who is getting left behind and why it matters, and announce a new action taken at the Utilities Commission.
When: Monday, August 18, 12:15 p.m.
Where: In front of the Archdale Building trellis, off 512 Salisbury Street, facing Halifax Mall and the General Assembly
By all accounts, Duke Energy is a pretty well run company. Their business model has two simple components: (1) Get customers to use more energy and charge them more for that usage whenever possible, and (2) get customers to use less energy and charge them more for their conservation habits whenever possible. It's a sweet deal if you can get it.
The Man-Who-Would-Be-Governor, of course, has spent 18 years on the "use more" side of the house, doing his best to attract more and more commercial customers onto the growing Duke power grid. With his own personal wealth inextricably tied to the fortunes of Big Energy, Pat McCrory is already emerging a reliable front-man for his ex-employer.
But things are even more insidious on the "use less" side of the Duke Energy balance sheet, as evidenced in this story in the News and Observer.
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