Utility Seeking Power From Renewable Sources

Just as legislators are considering a law requiring that some energy sold by utilities come from renewable sources, Duke Energy is seeking such suppliers.

The Charlotte-based utility generates most of its electricity with coal and nuclear plants, but president Ellen Ruff says it
wants to add more renewable energy.

Ruff said the company hopes to get an indication of how many suppliers are available with its call for bids.

Duke wants renewable energy projects in its grid by 2012. Energy would have to be generated by someone affiliated with NC
GreenPower, a program of the N.C. Utilities Commission to promote
renewable energy.

GreenPower said it already buys from about 60 renewable suppliers in the state.


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