Critics fear the report charts a business-as-usual pathway that conflicts with the state’s energy goals

When Duke Energy this spring unveiled its multistate outline for reaching net-zero carbon pollution by 2050, many North Carolina clean energy advocates dismissed it — arguing that the real test was the company’s 15-year generation plan for the state.

Now, with Duke wrapping up a series of virtual meetings on that plan this week, critics say the climate document and its underlying assumptions show the utility is poised to fail. 

Duke is focused on its corporate goal of cutting climate pollution in half by 2030 — even though the state has a goal of 70% reductions by that same year. And a heavy reliance on yet-to-be-developed technologies after 2040

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