Environmental Funds – G Net http://gnet.org/ Mon, 29 Nov 2021 21:06:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://gnet.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/default-150x150.png Environmental Funds – G Net http://gnet.org/ 32 32 Duke Energy Launches More Robust Customer Support Program Called “Share the Light Fund” | Duke Energy https://gnet.org/duke-energy-launches-more-robust-customer-support-program-called-share-the-light-fund-duke-energy/ Mon, 29 Nov 2021 19:25:52 +0000 https://gnet.org/duke-energy-launches-more-robust-customer-support-program-called-share-the-light-fund-duke-energy/ A new fund expands offering options to increase support to customers who need it most. The company will make up to $ 1 million in contributions to the fund in the Carolinas in 2021. CHARLOTTE, NC – Duke Energy today introduced the Share the Light Fund – a new integrated program designed to provide increased […]]]>
  • A new fund expands offering options to increase support to customers who need it most.

  • The company will make up to $ 1 million in contributions to the fund in the Carolinas in 2021.

CHARLOTTE, NC – Duke Energy today introduced the Share the Light Fund – a new integrated program designed to provide increased financial assistance to customers struggling to pay their energy bills.

An evolution of Share the Warmth and the Energy Neighbor Fund, the Share the Light Fund expands giving opportunities to increase financial assistance to clients who need it most. And like Share the Warmth, any customer can help by contributing through the Share the Light Fund option on their monthly bill, with Duke Energy pledging up to $ 1 million in contributions to the Carolinas.

“Rising fuel costs and colder temperatures mean higher energy bills. While many customers are still recovering from the negative economic impacts of the pandemic, providing assistance to our vulnerable customers is more important than ever, ”said Barbara Higgins, Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Officer. “The Share the Light fund makes it easier for customers to give and get help. “

Duke Energy works in partnership with agencies to distribute funds to eligible customers to pay energy bills, deposits and reconnection / connection fees.

Customer contributions

Duke Energy customers who wish to contribute to the Share the Light fund can do so starting this Giving Tuesday (November 30, 2021). Customers can round their bill to the nearest dollar, establish a recurring payment, make a one-time donation, include an additional amount in the designated area of ​​their invoice and add that amount to their payment, or send a separate check. payable to the Share the Light Fund.

Customers in need

Customers facing financial difficulties can get help with their energy bills. Customers can access financial aid resources at duke-energy.com/sharethelight.

Duke Energy

Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), a Fortune 150 company headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, is one of the largest energy holding companies in the United States. Its electric utilities serve 7.9 million customers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky, and collectively have 51,000 megawatts of energy capacity. Its natural gas unit serves 1.6 million customers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio and Kentucky. The company employs 27,500 people.

Duke Energy is implementing an aggressive clean energy strategy to create a smarter energy future for its customers and communities – with targets of at least 50% carbon reduction by 2030 and zero carbon emissions d ‘by 2050. The company is one of the leading renewables in the United States. supplier, on track to own or purchase 16,000 megawatts of renewable energy capacity by 2025. The company is also investing in major power grid upgrades and expanding battery storage, and is exploring zero-emission power generation technologies such as hydrogen and advanced nuclear.

Duke Energy was named to Fortune’s 2021 “World’s Most Admired Companies” list and Forbes “America’s Best Employers” list. More information is available at duke-energy.com. The Duke Energy News Center contains press releases, fact sheets, photos and videos. The Duke Energy Illumination features stories about people, innovations, community topics and environmental issues. Follow Duke Energy on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Facebook.

Media contact: Loree Elswick
Email: Loree.Elswick@duke-energy.com
Media line: 800.559.3853



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Valley News – Forum, November 28: Don’t Buy Sununu’s Energy Program https://gnet.org/valley-news-forum-november-28-dont-buy-sununus-energy-program/ Sun, 28 Nov 2021 03:01:15 +0000 https://gnet.org/valley-news-forum-november-28-dont-buy-sununus-energy-program/ Published: 11/27/2021 10:00:39 PM Modified: 11/27/2021 22:00:11 Don’t buy Sununu’s energy program I hope Valley News readers connected the dots on the front page of the November 19 issue. If not, here are the headlines of three related articles: “Cuts in Funding for NH’s Hamstring Efficiency Efforts,” “Heating Fuel Assistance for NH Residents to Increase […]]]>

Published: 11/27/2021 10:00:39 PM

Modified: 11/27/2021 22:00:11

Don’t buy Sununu’s energy program

I hope Valley News readers connected the dots on the front page of the November 19 issue. If not, here are the headlines of three related articles: “Cuts in Funding for NH’s Hamstring Efficiency Efforts,” “Heating Fuel Assistance for NH Residents to Increase by 60% ”and“ White House offering more assistance for winter utility bills. ”

Let’s see how it works: Members of Republican Gov. Chris Sununu’s highly partisan Utilities Commission overturned previous decisions to fund projects that would have dramatically improved energy efficiency in New Hampshire. Instead, they will cut funding for these projects by 50% over the next year.

Meanwhile, Sununu and its Energy Ministry announced that public subsidies to eligible households for heating fuel will increase by 60%. Indeed, Sununu and his Department of Energy are transferring funds from clean energy projects so that consumers can afford to spend money on the fossil fuel industry. This scheme completely ignores the climate crisis we are facing.

But that’s not all. The 60% increase in aid does not really come from the state. The Biden administration distributes funds nationwide to help pay people’s winter heating bills. New Hampshire’s share of that federal funds will pay for the increased subsidy that Sununu’s Department of Energy is touting as its own plan. Clean energy projects will remain on the drawing board as they will be at a disadvantage compared to subsidized fossil fuels.

In short, Republicans in New Hampshire will accept federal money, siphon it into fossil fuel subsidies, and then label the Biden administration as a “spendthrift.” Sununu will look like the good guy for sending voters money that really comes from the federal government. And the fossil fuel companies, no longer threatened by these troublesome clean energy projects, will have enough profits to make generous five- or six-figure contributions to Sununu’s campaign. Again. And he’ll smile affably at the camera and tell us how successful his energy program is.

Please. Spare us.

REBECCA KVAM PACKAGE

Hanover

Lebanon is moving towards natural burial

Thank you for alerting readers to the City Council’s December 1 public hearing on the authorization of natural burial in Lebanon (“The Council digs in natural burials,” November 20). I am delighted that the proposal under consideration designates sites in two city cemeteries for natural burial. The Old Pine Tree Cemetery will appeal to those who not only love its history and woodland setting, but can also handle the steep terrain leading to the natural burial area. The second site, at the West Lebanon Cemetery, is now a flat meadow at the edge of the cemetery. It offers easy access to all and is bordered by a pretty wooded area.

The objective of natural burial (green) is to promote the decomposition of the body with minimal impact on the environment. In short, the bodies are not embalmed (preserved with formaldehyde or other toxic chemicals). Only biodegradable and non-toxic materials are placed in the soil. The use of a safe is prohibited. The maximum depth of the tomb is 3.5 to 4 feet to allow for natural and rapid decomposition. Herbicides and pesticides are not used in a natural landfill area.

Of course, the safety of municipal staff is paramount, whatever the task at hand. They are not expected to handle unembalmed bodies. It is the responsibility of the families or their representatives. The digging and closing of natural burials takes place in more than 300 regions of the United States and Canada. I am confident that our municipal staff can learn the skills necessary to do so safely here in Lebanon.

My plea for the choice of natural burial is based on serious concerns about the negative environmental consequences of cremation and conventional burial. I am grateful that the city of Lebanon is preparing to make a more favorable choice for me and my family.

LORRAINE KELLY

West Lebanon

Something to be thankful for this year

We can be proud and grateful this Thanksgiving week. President Joe Biden and the Congressional Democratic delegation from New Hampshire and Vermont have made very real progress for American families:

■ Child poverty rate halved thanks to US bailout.

■ Almost 60% of Americans are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, despite the lack of a distribution plan from the previous administration.

■ The unemployment rate is only 4.6% nationally, compared to 14.8% in April 2020.

■ The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and the mainland coasts are safe from oil drilling.

■ We join our allies once again by joining the World Health Organization, the Paris climate agreement and other collaborative efforts.

■ The country’s longest war is over.

President Biden launched his Infrastructure and Jobs Act in New Hampshire. Here in the land of flooding and freezing, we applaud the money to repair and replace failing bridges and highways. And that’s just the beginning. This new law will also:

■ Ensure high-speed Internet access for every household.

■ Upgrade our electrical infrastructure to deliver clean and reliable energy using cutting-edge energy technology to achieve a zero-emission future.

■ Provide clean water to neighborhoods without safe water and eliminate toxic lead pipes.

■ Make the largest investment in passenger rail since the inception of Amtrak.

■ Fight pollution by cleaning up the Superfund and contaminated sites, reclaiming abandoned mines and plugging orphaned oil and gas wells.

■ Modernize ports and airports (including Lebanon) to strengthen supply chains and security.

So give a toast to President Biden and the ethical, determined and responsible Democrats in the House and Senate who made this progress possible. It’s great to have such a talented team doing good things for all of us.

ELLIS ROBINSON

Grantham


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More ‘environmental racism’: Schumer says infrastructure bill will remove lead pipes in city bowels https://gnet.org/more-environmental-racism-schumer-says-infrastructure-bill-will-remove-lead-pipes-in-city-bowels/ Wed, 24 Nov 2021 19:00:14 +0000 https://gnet.org/more-environmental-racism-schumer-says-infrastructure-bill-will-remove-lead-pipes-in-city-bowels/ Sign up for our PoliticsNY newsletter for the latest coverage and to stay informed about the 2021 election in your district and across New York Outside a Lower East Side playground, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Wednesday announced that Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework (BIF) funds will pave the way for a lead-free New York City. […]]]>