Ratepayers in the Carolinas could save nearly $10 billion if Duke Energy increased solar power sixfold, shuttered coal plants ahead of schedule, and abandoned goals for a new nuclear plant, a new report shows.
While North Carolina activists fight the Atlantic Coast Pipeline with protest songs and camera-grabbing marches, they’re also waging a quieter legal battle via the government agencies who must approve the project.
By striking the phrase “originating in North Carolina” from the state’s eminent domain law, a bill approved by the North Carolina House could remove a key legal obstacle for the 600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline.
Duke Energy’s combination of offers to North Carolina homeowners affected by coal ash pollution is creating confusion, especially for people concerned about giving up their legal rights in the process.
One of the lawmakers who recently called on the Trump administration to shut down a North Carolina wind farm appears to have softened his stance after touring the facility.
In his final days in office, President Obama has both rejected Atlantic Ocean seismic testing – a precursor to drilling – and scheduled lease sales for what could become the Carolinas’ first offshore wind farm, 24 miles from the coast of the Outer Banks.
While FERC says drilling and end use shouldn’t be considered in climate calculations for natural gas pipelines, advocates argue that the projects encourage consumption, and that consumption should be accounted for.
Unveiled yesterday, President Obama’s permanent ban on oil and gas development in the Atlantic Ocean does not extend south of Norfolk, Virginia. Reactions from drilling opponents in the Southeast ranged from qualified praise to disappointment.
Among his many new responsibilities next year, North Carolina Governor-elect Roy Cooper will oversee the state water quality permit for the proposed natural gas Atlantic Coast Pipeline, poised to cross more than a dozen rivers and streams from the Virginia border to Robeson County.
Landowners along natural gas pipeline routes have a difficult choice – fight and risk condemnation through eminent domain, or work with developers to have influence over a project’s route through their property.