A mystery: Peaking power plants using more natural gas than ever in the Southeast

In 2016, there was an unusual spike in the operation of natural gas combustion turbine plants at several Southeastern utilities. At just 14 plants, fuel expenses increased by $210 million compared to recent years.

Duke Energy Carolinas wants to charge you $18 each month before you even flip a switch!

In what feels like the repeating plot line from the movie Groundhog Day, North Carolina’s biggest utility is headed back to regulators at the North Carolina Utility Commission asking to hike up customers’ energy bills yet again. Last year it was Duke Energy Progress asking to raise rates, and this year, Duke Energy Carolinas wants […]

Energy efficiency is trending up and down in the Southeast

Yesterday we reported on how Duke Energy leads the Southeast in energy efficiency, and Florida Power & Light is providing the worst results in the region. But what about the rest? There are a lot of great stories to tell, but first here’s a reminder of the overview. We report on the recent performance of […]

Duke Energy leads the Southeast on energy efficiency

Duke Energy Carolinas has reached the 1% energy savings benchmark in 2016, a nationally recognized indicator of success in providing customers with energy efficiency programs. Congratulations to all the staff at Duke Energy for that achievement! Since we last reported utility energy efficiency savings in 2014, we have seen some remarkably good as well as […]

A Tale of Two Utilities: Post-Merger Duke Sees Growth in Carolina Energy Efficiency

Duke Energy Carolinas and Duke Energy Progress have the opportunity to take a leadership role in how energy efficiency programs are implemented in the Southeast. The companies can and should design and implement programs that reach a broad customer market and place additional emphasis on increasing customer participation in its EE/DSM programs to deepen the energy savings results.

Taking Care of Business: Duke Energy Carolinas Proposes New Energy Efficiency Programs for South Carolina’s Small Businesses and Offices

Update: The South Carolina Public Service Commission approved Duke Energy Carolinas’ proposed Small Business Energy Saver and Smart Energy in Offices programs on July 9, 2014. They say you can’t get something for nothing, but in South Carolina, small businesses and offices may soon be eligible to receive valuable energy assistance at little or no […]

Duke Energy’s Commitment to Overspend on Coal Plants

Duke Energy is banking on charging customers in the Carolinas an estimated $7.7 billion just to keep its existing fleet of coal plants running. For at least thirteen of those units (at 5 plants), however, it is pretty clear that the additional investment is not worthwhile, and Duke Energy should change its plans. What’s worse, […]

Deny this, solar skeptics!

“This is the second major announcement in which a utility has stated plans to procure more than 100 megawatts of solar PV based on its cost-competitiveness with natural gas, as opposed to RPS-driven demand.” – GTM Solar Analyst Cory Honeyman If developers continue to bid in at these prices — it won’t be the last. Interesting. Solar energy, cost-competitive […]

Why should Duke Energy go beyond compliance with solar power?

Over the past few months, we have seen several signs that Duke Energy has shifted its attitude towards renewable energy and solar power in particular.  The three most critical signs are: Duke Energy has rolled out a campaign to mislead the public about customer-owned solar generation. Duke Energy still refuses to evaluate solar power as […]

Duke Energy Shortsighted on Efficiency, Again

In December 2011, Duke Energy and Progress Energy signed a settlement agreement with several groups, including SACE,to resolve legal issues raised during the Companies’ proposed merger. As mentioned in a recent SACE blog, the Company does not have a plan to deliver on its efficiency savings target. The latest disappointment came with Duke Energy’s 2013 Integrated […]