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
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.
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.
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.
“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.
In partnership with the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) Community Roots has drafted a Community Bill of Rights stating our right to a healthy climate. We are building a campaign for the City of Asheville to pass this ground-breaking ordinance to begin to process of asserting our right to local-self governance as detailed in the Declaration of Independence and dismantling the system of corporate rule that has become the norm in modern America.
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Images from Independence from Fossil Fuels: Floating Protest on Lake Julian July 4th 2017