Greenpeace supports Attorney General’s appeal of Duke’s dirty rate hike

Greenpeace applauds Attorney General Roy Cooper's decision to appeal Duke Energy's 7% rate hike, not only because of the serious economic hardship Duke is dumping on ratepayers, but also because of the severe environmental damage Duke continues to wreck with it's addiction to dirty fossil fuels.

"It comes as little surprise the AG's office has found significant discrepancies between Duke's findings of fact and the sworn testimonies of their witnesses. Time and time again Duke Energy has saddled North Carolinians with the burden of their shortsighted business plans. This rate hike is taxing families in North Carolina  to underwrite the increasing cost of coal while Duke continues to skirt investment in renewables," says North Carolina representative Monica Embrey.

"Duke Energy needs to get serious about moving its investment away from dirty coal and nuclear power and towards a renewable energy future -- only then will they be the leaders we know they can be. Until then, we invite ratepayers across the state to join the AG and Greenpeace in fighting dirty rate hikes. And we call on Duke to provide greater transparency in its planning and more ambition in scaling renewable energy solutions which are the only way to provide reliable, low-cost and healthy electricity for all of the people of North Carolina," Ms Embrey says.

Greenpeace wants to see Duke Energy: 1) Stop buying mountain top removal coal; 2) provide 1/3rd of its energy from renewables by 2020; and 3) eliminate coal entirely by 2030. North Carolina deserves a 21st century energy economy, not a 20th century monopoly.

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