Tuesday, January 26, 7PM
Buncombe County Courthouse
60 Court Plaza, Courtroom 1A, Asheville, NC 28801
Arrive at 6PM to sign up to speak, and to attend a peaceful demonstration
This “fast-tracked” application from Duke Energy for a new fracked gas power plant should not be allowed to just slide through the process, increasing NC’s dependence on natural gas, without adequate consideration of the “downsides” by the NC Utilities Commission. Help us get plenty of public comments at the only public hearing on this proposed plant!
Duke Energy’s application to the NC Utilities Commission, submitted Jan. 15, is for a $1.1 billion project, consisting of:
- Two 280-megawatt, combined-cycle natural gas units
- An optional 186-megawatt natural gas combustion turbine, to be added by 2023 if the region doesn’t reduce its electricity demands.
While retiring the coal-fired units is a great stride for western North Carolina, committing the region to a future of dependence on fossil fuels is dangerous and unnecessary. Although Duke Energy has publicized plans for a 15-megawatt solar installation and utility-scale battery, their actual application does not seek permission to install either one, nor does it make tangible commitments to work with the community on energy efficiency efforts! Some talking points for your comments: