Thursday, September 07, 2006

Another coal plant in activists' crosshairs

North Carolina Waste Awareness and Reduction Network (NC WARN) filed a motion with the North Carolina Utilities Commission in late August seeking "postponement" of Duke's application for two new coal-fired power plants near Charlotte, North Carolina. The group claims that energy efficiency programs, "if administered in the public interest by a qualified party," would obviate the need for the new fossil generators.

The move represents something of a departure from NC WARN's usual nuclear-centric interest, but it reflects a growing trend among anti-nuclear groups and general environmental groups to press for more efficiency and renewables as the solution for mitigating global warming and meeting electricity demand.


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