Report to Warn of Major Spike in Electricity Rates in N.C. if Duke, Progress Move Ahead With Five Nuclear, Coal-Fired Power Plants
Research to Show That Modest Gains in Energy Efficiency, Renewable Power Would Cover Growth in Demand – and Allow Retirement of Existing Coal-Fired Units
Based on the utilities’ own data, the report also shows that not only are new plants unnecessary despite a growing population, but that modest increases in efficiency and clean power generation would allow phasing out of many existing coal plants within the next 15 years – a major boost for national efforts to slow emissions of greenhouse gases.
To be released at
The NC WARN news event is being made possible with support from the Civil Society Institute and TheClean.org (http://www.TheClean.org).
News event speakers will be:
* Report author
* Report co-author
Dr. Blackburn has conducted research into energy efficiency and renewable energy over more than two decades. He has authored two books and numerous articles on the future of energy, and has served on the Advisory Boards of the Florida Solar Energy Center and the Biomass Research Program at the
According to the report, both Duke Energy and Progress Energy have inflated demand figures to make an erroneous and misleading case for the new power stations.
Progress Energy is proposing two new reactors at the Shearon Harris nuclear plant near
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CAN’T PARTICIPATE?: A streaming audio recording of the news event will be available on the Web as of
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