Leadership Quotes – WNC 100% Renewables Coalition

Asheville becomes First North Carolina City to pass Resolution Calling for 100% Renewable Energy by 2050

“This is a great step, we are fully in support of the City of Asheville passing this resolution and now we need to give it some teeth. The City and County need to commit to this goal and begin taking actionable steps toward implementation so we can avoid, or at least lessen, climate catastrophe.”Kat Houghton PhD, Community Roots Board Member and Asheville Community Rights project co-lead

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Blue Ridge Public Radio – Opponents of Duke Energy Rate Hike Speak Out At Hearing

Opponents of Duke Energy’s plan to raise monthly rates close to 17% packed a public hearing in Asheville Wednesday night.  The North Carolina Utilities Commission is holding a series of public hearings across the state to get ratepayer reaction to Duke’s plan.

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Press Release – Street Theater Rally Against Duke’s Proposed Rate Hike September 27th

Asheville — The North Carolina Utilities Commission, the government body tasked with regulating Duke Energy’s activities in NC, is holding a public comment session on Wednesday September 27th 7-10pm. Community Roots, an Asheville based nonprofit, is organizing a Street Theater Rally and March starting at the Vance Monument at 5pm. Duke Energy is requesting a 16.7% rate increase from residential customers to cover, among other things, cleanup of their coal ash and the construction of new gas-fired plants including the one in Arden. Community Roots and its partners believe the public must take advantage of this opportunity to voice their opinions to the Commissioners and Duke Energy.

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Upcoming Event – Rally Against Duke’s Rate Hike and the Regulatory Fallacy: September 27th, 5 pm – 6:30 pm.

Join us to tell the NCUC we don’t want to pay to support Duke’s monopoly and continued use of fossil fuels. Duke Energy, comfortable in their entrenched monopoly, are proposing to the NC Utilities commission that they raise our electricity rates by 15%. They plan to use the additional $200 million a year to clean up their coal ash mess and build new infrastructure to keep us dependent on life destroying fossil fuels.

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Stand Against Duke’s Rate Hikes September 27

Street Theater Rally Against Duke’s Proposed Rate Hike

Asheville — The North Carolina Utilities Commission, the government body tasked with regulating Duke Energy’s activities in NC, is holding a public comment session on Wednesday September 27th 7-10pm. Community Roots, an Asheville based nonprofit, is organizing a Street Theater Rally and March starting at the Vance Monument at 5pm. Duke Energy is requesting a 16.7% rate increase from residential customers to cover, amongst other things, cleanup of their coal ash and the construction of new gas-fired plants including the one in Arden. Community Roots and its partners believe the public must take advantage of this opportunity to voice their opinions to the Commissioners and Duke Energy.

Suzannah Park, leader of the Wild Asheville Community Chorus and director of the Street Theater Rally believes “it’s easy to get lost in the maze of utility regulatory law; we want people to understand the issues at stake, what Duke Energy is asking for and feel empowered to go speak their mind to the Utilities Commissioners. Street theater is a powerful way to reach folks on a personal level by making the invisible or confusing issues, both visible and more easily understood.”

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New Proposed City Ordinance Fights for our Rights to a Healthy Climate

Asserting Our Rights to a Clean Environment

“When it comes to our energy future, who has more rights: one large energy monopoly, or the combined citizens of Asheville?” asks Jamie Friedrich, an organizer with local nonprofit Community Roots. You probably guessed correctly. Corporations have been seizing power all over this country, with disastrous effects upon our air, water, and land. Our pro-corporate, heavily Republican state legislature currently has the power to pre-empt any local laws that are in conflict with the corporate agenda. But people are organizing to challenge that, thanks to the work of Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) who have been working on Community Rights since the 1990s.

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Press Release – New Proposed City Ordinance Fights for our Rights to a Healthy Climate

Asserting Our Rights to a Clean Environment

“When it comes to our energy future, who has more rights: one large energy monopoly, or the combined citizens of Asheville?” asks Jamie Friedrich, an organizer with local nonprofit Community Roots. You probably guessed correctly. Corporations have been seizing power all over this country, with disastrous effects upon our air, water, and land. Our pro-corporate, heavily Republican state legislature currently has the power to pre-empt any local laws that are in conflict with the corporate agenda. But people are organizing to challenge that, thanks to the work of Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) who have been working on Community Rights since the 1990s.

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