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Report: Local solar & batteries can rapidly replace fossil fuel electricity

Groundbreaking report reflects leaps in battery technology, is paired with Action Plan so cities and towns can act on pledges to help slow the climate crisis

DURHAM, NC — “Recent leaps in battery technology, combined with falling solar power prices and energy-saving advances, mean North Carolina can replace all fossil fuels used for electricity by 2030, and half by 2025.  All utility customers can benefit – and avoid having 40 billion of their dollars spent by Duke Energy to build unneeded power plants, power lines and a fracked gas pipeline for the Carolinas.  And they’ll save billions more in avoided purchase of coal and natural gas.

That’s according to a comprehensive new report called NORTH CAROLINA CLEAN PATH 2025: Achieving an Economical Clean Energy Future.  NC WARN commissioned the report by veteran energy engineer Bill Powers of San Diego after working with him over the past two years.

The NC CLEAN PATH 2025 approach is cleaner, more reliable, and far less costly than Duke Energy’s plans to greatly expand the use of climate-wrecking fracked natural gas, nuclear power and transmission systems.  Engineer Powers details how the clean approach creates far more jobs statewide – and allows people at all economic levels to start saving money through solar and energy efficiency without financial burden.  

NC WARN is matching the report with an Action Plan so local governments can work with residents to make real their recent pledges to help slow the accelerating climate crisis – by ramping up solar panels at homes, buildings, parking areas, and on vacant urban land, combined with battery storage.”

— press release, NC Warn

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