RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Several environmental groups want Attorney General Roy Cooper to force Duke Energy to phase out North Carolina coal-fired plants and stop what they call practices discouraging energy competition and good government.
NC WARN’s attorney submitted to Cooper Wednesday an “emergency complaint” demanding investigation of the Charlotte-based utility. The groups argue Cooper should take Duke Energy to court and get its corporate charter amended to make it address a global climate crisis.
They contend Duke Energy pretends to support renewable energy when a small percentage of sales come from that method.
Duke Energy spokeswoman Paige Sheehan calls the complaint a gimmick and says the utility has done more than NC WARN to advance renewable energy and environmental protection.
Cooper’s office says the complaint will be reviewed.