Entries by Joan Walker

We’ll be your voice on energy

Hendersonville Times-News, Be Our Guest By Joan Walker Just before Christmas break, Duke Energy presented a letter to the N.C. Utilities Commission outlining its intent to file the application it needs to build a new and larger natural-gas-fired plant on Lake Julian. This letter of intent has been the source of a good deal of concern […]

Tell Henderson County Commissioners you want clean energy!

On January 4, 2016 at 5:30 PM Henderson County will vote on a resolution that wholeheartedly endorses Duke Energy’s Western Carolinas Modernization project despite its inclusion of an unnecessary, additional 192-MW “peaking unit.” Duke Energy is on the record saying that they want to partner with our local communities to meet future energy demand through […]

Carolina Land Coalition Carries On!

Last week a group of Carolina Land Coalition leaders met and unanimously agreed that the Carolina Land Coalition will continue to protect our land from Duke Energy’s long-term plans. We dodged a bullet when the transmission lines and substations were cancelled, but WNC will stay in the crosshairs as long as our region’s largest utility continues to […]

Guest columnist: Duke’s plan, our challenge

Asheville Citizen-Times Guest Column, November 20, 2015   Duke Energy’s new plan is a vast improvement. It’s better even though the new plant will continue to emit climate warming greenhouse gases and depend on fracking for gas supply. The new plan eliminates the use of coal and it omits new transmission lines across environmentally sensitive […]

Why did Duke Energy change course on power line?

Asheville Citizen-Times, november 10, 2015 Large corporations tend to operate like ocean liners: Once they get moving in a certain direction, it’s awfully hard for them to steer in another. So what made Duke Energy, number 116 this year on the Fortune 500 list of the biggest companies in the United States, change its mind […]

MountainTrue and Sierra Club Respond to Duke Energy’s Revised ‘Modernization’ Project

November 4, 2015 ASHEVILLE, NC –  Duke Energy today announced a dramatic reconfiguration to their Carolinas Modernization Project, scrapping a proposed 40-mile transmission line that would have cut through the counties of Buncombe, Henderson and Polk in North Carolina and Spartanburg in South Carolina; eliminating a new substation in Campobello, S.C.; and reducing the size […]

Regional Coordination and Markets: Key to a Renewable Energy Future

Switchboard: National Resources Defense Council Staff Blog, July 23, 2015 In the Western U.S. a major change in how the electrical system is operated is underway. It is driven by economics, environmental policy, and system reliability concerns. This change, from a balkanized, inefficiently operated grid to a coordinated, consolidated grid may just be the key […]

History offers lesson for Duke Energy

Greenville Online, October 18, 2015 A decade ago, as Progress Energy considered constructing a high-voltage transmission line running into Asheville, a document outlining possible routes contained a prescient warning. “The environmental sensitivity of this area offers special challenges in the siting and design of new facilities,” the transmission study notes, and later: “Schedule is a […]

To the editor: Living in the past

Hendersonville Times-News, October 16, 2015 To the editor: A big thanks to Duke Energy for its decision to re-evaluate the proposed Western Carolinas Modernization Project. Though the 45-mile transmission line has been at the forefront of concern, for many it has also been the idea that moving to a gas-powered plant is somehow “modernizing.” When […]