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The Competitive Challenges to N.C.'s Monopoly Electricity Model

NC WARN and the John Locke Foundation are sponsoring two public forums calling for increased competition in the electricity market. Read more about the collaboration here: http://www.ncwarn.org/?p=7577.

This first forum will focus on the impacts on ratepayers of Duke Energy's monopoly status in North Carolina. Recent polling shows that North Carolina voters across the political spectrum overwhelmingly dislike being held captive in a monopoly electricity market that guarantees Duke a large profit for building power plants and raising rates.

The forums will be moderated by former NC Supreme Court Justice Robert Orr, and will feature panel discussions involving business and consumer advocates exploring why Duke is allowed to fence-off North Carolina from changes underway across the U.S. power industry, which is moving away from construction of giant power plants and toward smaller-scale, on-site generation by businesses and homeowners using natural gas, solar and other technologies.

The forum is free and open to the public. Space is limited, so come early to ensure you get a seat.

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  • Eric L.

    Hypothetical: If offered the political quid pro quo of trading the Renewable Energy Portfolio for Third Party Sales, would you promote that offer or not? What key provision or concession would catalyze your position? Both a policy analysis and a political feasibility assessment of this proposition would be compelling to me.

    This is the question I would have liked to ask Jim and David to debate, with commentary from the panel. I feel it would have illuminated the policy terrain in a useful way. I was intrigued by the literature from John Locke society especially critical of the REP, although not surprised. Because of the presence of the lit at the panel, it seemed like a useful springboard for discourse. Third party sales needs to be central topic for the next panel.

    I'm not proposing this hypothetical as a real initiative to undertake, but as a thought experiment.

    February 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    The proposal and discussion were interesting, but many questions about electricity restructuring remained unanswered.

    February 26, 2014

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