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Asheville Utilities Lawsuits

Duke Energy's coal-fired power plant at Lake Julian near Asheville
Zen Sutherland
Duke Energy's coal-fired power plant at Lake Julian near Asheville
Duke Energy's coal-fired power plant at Lake Julian near Asheville
Credit Zen Sutherland
The Climate Times and NC Warn could be on the hook for $10 million if they want to continue their battle against Duke Energy to stop the conversion of a Skyland plant from coal to natural gas

Two environmental groups could be on the hook for $10 million if they want to continue their battle against Duke Energy. Last week’s ruling by the state Utilities Commission againstThe Climate TimesandNorth Carolina Waste Awareness and Reduction Network (NC WARN)used a state law provision that has never been used before. The money is slated to cover costs incurred byDuke Energybecause of the delay caused by the appeals process.

Asheville Citizen Times political reporter Mark Barrett talks about two Asheville utilities lawsuits.

The state Supreme Court also heard arguments in the Asheville water case yesterday, the ruling will determine the role state legislators can play in determining ownership of a city water system. Host Frank Stasio talks with Asheville Citizen Times political reporter Mark Barrett about the latest utilities news from Western North Carolina.

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Anita Rao is the host and creator of "Embodied," a live, weekly radio show and seasonal podcast about sex, relationships & health. She's also the managing editor of WUNC's on-demand content. She has traveled the country recording interviews for the Peabody Award-winning StoryCorps production department, founded and launched a podcast about millennial feminism in the South, and served as the managing editor and regular host of "The State of Things," North Carolina Public Radio's flagship daily, live talk show. Anita was born in a small coal-mining town in Northeast England but spent most of her life growing up in Iowa and has a fond affection for the Midwest.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.