Duke Energy has officially closed the coal plant at Lake Julian in Arden, NC. When operating at full capacity, the plant consumed the equivalent of 4,000 rail cars of coal every year. The plant closing is good news, but the plant will be replaced with a natural gas facility, a short-sighted solution that still adds greenhouse gases and contributes to climate change.
Want to encourage Duke Energy to invest in renewable energy solutions, and the grid flexibility needed to support them? Now’s your chance. Duke is holding rate hike hearings all over the state, and the public is invited to speak out. The company is raising rates, partly to cover its coal ash cleanup, and partly to invest in natural gas and other outdated energy. Read more about Duke rate hikes in this Appalachian Voices article, and find out where and when you can speak out at Duke’s rate hike hearings on this informative page from Energy Justice.
The Duke Energy Progress hearing in Asheville is Thursday, February 20 at 7p.m. Buncombe County Courthouse, Courtroom 1A, 60 Court Plaza. Hope to see (and hear) you there!