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Randy Wheeless 
Member since Jan 29, 2014

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Re: “Critics Say Duke Energy Is Trying to Roll Back Regulations and Corner the Market on Solar Development

It should be noted the state's consumer advocate - the N.C. Utilities Commission's Public Staff - also supports trimming the contract terms to 10 years.

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Posted by Randy Wheeless on 05/10/2017 at 7:48 AM

Re: “Duke Energy's Merger With Piedmont Natural Gas Goes Before N.C. Utilities Commission Next Week

I work at Duke Energy and the Indy used to call me for a comment. Oh well!

Duke Energy has 35 solar farms in NC. The state is #3 in the nation for solar power. The pace of new solar in NC is second only to California.

The company's overall energy capacity mix right now is 4.5% wind and solar and 7.8% renewable hydro.

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Randy Wheeless on 07/14/2016 at 9:34 PM

Re: “How to break Duke Energy's stranglehold on North Carolina's power industry— and maybe save our coasts in the process

Solar is sluggish in N.C.??

N.C. is 4th in the nation for solar power and 2nd in the nation last year for new solar. Duke Energy is spending $500 million on new solar in the state.

8 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Randy Wheeless on 03/25/2015 at 7:48 PM

Re: “It's becoming affordable in the Triangle—and it scares Duke Energy to death

JE: The $3 billion is what Duke Energy has spent building wind and solar farms around the nation since 2007. We have facilities in 12 states. We're one of the biggest wind generators in the nation. And have more than 10 solar farms in North Carolina.

Contrary to the "scared to death" reference, we're actually doing quite well with renewables.

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Posted by Randy Wheeless on 01/29/2014 at 1:25 PM

Re: “It's becoming affordable in the Triangle—and it scares Duke Energy to death

Duke Energy's approach to net metering is the same practice other businesses use.

For example, if you make sweaters - and Belk sells the same sweater for $30; don't expect Belk to buy your sweaters for $30. They'll pay you a wholesale rate.

The same applies with Duke. And by the way, Duke Energy has solar facilities in 8 states. Most all solar in N.C. is either built by, or is bought by Duke Energy. We've invested more than $3 billion in renewables over the past 7 years.

Randy Wheeless, Duke Energy

13 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Randy Wheeless on 01/29/2014 at 7:59 AM

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