A coalition of 15 local, state, and national groups have banded together in a call for competitive energy options in North Carolina. The group, called Energy Justice NC: End the Duke Monopoly, has formed a petition known as “Petition for Energy Choice in North Carolina,” urging officials to pursue legislation that would open North Carolina up to competitive energy markets.

Total US consumption of natural gas rose by 6%. Consumption for power generation climbed by 11% week/week, industrial sector consumption rose by 2%, residential-commercial consumption increased 4%, and exports to Mexico increased 6%.

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