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Duke Energy’s two-faced stance on renewables

Posted By Rob Schofield On January 16, 2013 @ 1:07 pm In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled

Greenpeace investigator Connor Gibson has a post worth checking out at the Greenpeace blog, The Witness [1]. It’s about Duke Energy’s amazingly two-faced stance on North Carolina’s renewable energy law. As Gibson reports:

“Corporate polluters are taking aim this year at states with renewable energy laws, starting with an attack on North Carolina’s clean energy economy by a corporate front group known as ALEC with support from Duke Energy, ExxonMobil, and Koch Industries.

North Carolina state Representative Mike Hager says he is confident that he has the votes needed to weaken or undo his state’s clean energy requirements during his second term. Rep. Hager is a former Duke Energy engineer [2] and a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC. Duke and Progress Energy (now legally merged) have given Rep. Hager $14,500 [3] for his last two election bids, outspent only by the NC Republican Party.

This is where ALEC makes things awkward for Duke Energy: the law that Rep. Mike Hager is targeting (2007 SB3 [4]) was created with input from Duke Energy, and Duke explicitly opposes ALEC’s “Electricity Freedom Act,” the model law to repeal state Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards (REPS). Duke Energy re-asserted its support for North Carolina’s REPS law to the Charlotte Business Journal [5] last April and Progress Energy publicly supported [6] the law before merging with Duke.

Apparently, Duke forgot about supporting North Carolina’s clean energy incentives somewhere along the way. Duke Energy remains a paying member of the American Legislative Exchange Council….”

Read the entire story by clicking here [1].

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[1] a post worth checking out at the Greenpeace blog, The Witness : http://greenpeaceblogs.org/2013/01/15/duke-energy-flip-flop-alec-leads-attack-on-north-carolina-clean-energy-with-duke-funding/

[2] engineer: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/12/30/3755431/freeze-nc-green-energy-law-a-gop.html

[3] $14,500: http://www.followthemoney.org/database/uniquecandidate.phtml?uc=80665

[4] 2007 SB3: http://www.dsireusa.org/incentives/incentive.cfm?Incentive_Code=NC09R&re=0&ee=0

[5] Charlotte Business Journal: http://www.bizjournals.com/charlotte/print-edition/2012/05/11/duke-buys-in-to-alec-meeting.html?page=all

[6] Progress Energy publicly supported: http://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/pope-backed-climate-cranks-target-north-carolina-renewable-energy-law/Content?oid=2140466

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