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Announcements by utilities like Duke Energy, Southern Company, and now DTE Electric, as well as fossil-fuel asset owners like NRG, are making a mockery of climate reduction goals.

It's extremely hard to see how these are anything but pure #greenwashing.

newsroom.dteenergy.com/2019-09-26-Net…
DTE Electric is literally building a massive new natural gas plant as we speak, having rejected more cost-effective portfolios of clean energy.

Their pending resource plan shows it adding practically no solar over the next 5 years outside of its voluntary green program.
Duke Energy is planning to build 15 GW(!!) of new natural gas in the coming decades in the Carolinas and Indiana. (None of that capacity will have CCS installed to capture and store emissions.)
It is impossible to square the resource plans filed by utilities like Duke Energy, Southern Company, and DTE Electric with their announced goals.

You can believe their PR announcements, or you can believe the plans filed with regulators, but you can't realistically believe both
Lawmakers and regulators need to hold utilities accountable.

Lawmakers should enact a legally binding 100% clean electricity standards w/interim targets. Regulators should reject utility plans (IRPs) that aren't aligned with the utility's stated goals.
It's great to see so much momentum on 100% clean electricity.

But we also can't give utilities a free pass to take credit on committing to these goals if it isn't backed up by real action -- especially if they continue to spend millions lobbying against real climate policies.
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