Climate activists failed to flip the state’s legislature, but the politics and economics of clean energy leave an opening for action — so long as Duke Energy is on board.
The utility’s general election campaign contributions were more bipartisan than its primary giving, a sign that it might be hedging its bets on the election outcome.
After a half-decade fight over pipeline easements, property owners look to recoup legal costs and property values.
Groups say they will drop their opposition to half the Duke Energy’s grid improvement plan if the utility agrees to consider climate change in future grid planning.
Critics fear the report charts a business-as-usual pathway that conflicts with the state’s energy goals.