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Commission presses Duke Energy to retire coal plants

August 30, 2019

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy’s 15-year energy plan has been approved, but the North Carolina Utilities Commission has asked the company to provide models for the early retirement of coal plants.

WFAE-FM reports the commission said this week the company’s 2018 Integrated Resource Plan was “adequate.” Duke Energy must update the plan by Sept. 1.

Regulators want to know how the company will help meet state environmental goals. Gov. Roy Cooper’s Executive Order 80 calls for North Carolina to reduce carbon emissions 40% by 2025, from 2005 levels.

Sierra Club Beyond Coal Campaign Regional Director Dave Rogers says consumers could save money if Duke Energy replaced coal plants with clean sources like solar power.

Spokeswoman Meredith Archie says Duke Energy has already begun retiring coal plants and increasing its clean energy sources.

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Information from: WFAE-FM.

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