North Carolina advocacy groups want Governor Pat McCrory to leave selection of new state utilities regulators to others because of his nearly 30 years at what is now the country's largest electric company.
The clean energy group N.C. WARN and the state branch of the AARP said Friday they're asking McCrory to recuse himself from selections of several members of the North Carolina Utilities Commission.
The groups say McCrory faces an unprecedented conflict of interest since his former employer is Duke Energy Corp., which provides electricity to the vast majority of the state's consumers.Charlotte-based Duke Energy last summer took over Raleigh-based Progress Energy and grew into the country's largest electric company.
McCrory spokesman Chris Walker said the incoming governor plans to execute the powers of his office.
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