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Sparks fly at utility's save-a-watt proposal

Calculations about Duke Power's Save-a-Watt program are complex and some of the evidence offered in the case is sealed from public view. But in simplest terms, Duke would recoup the cost of programs that help consumers save energy by recouping 90 percent of what it would cost to build a power plant to meet the energy needs offset by the conservation effort.

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Protesters say utility will gouge customers

Duke Energy on Monday began defending save-a-watt against charges that it would gouge Duke Energy customers and benefit the company's shareholders. Duke Energy touts save-a-watt as a national model for energy efficiency that would provide power companies a generous financial incentive to promote energy conservation.

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As critics scowl, Duke praises Save-a-Watt

Duke Energy on Monday began defending Save-a-Watt against charges that it would gouge Duke Energy customers and benefit the company's shareholders. Duke Energy touts Save-a-Watt as a national model for energy efficiency that would provide power companies a generous financial incentive to promote energy conservation.

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NC Regulators consider Duke Energy program

Charging Duke Energy Corp. customers in North Carolina a little more will help the company with its energy conservation efforts, the utility's top executive in the state told regulators Monday.

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Opponents: Duke Energy's 'Save-a-Watt' program no bright idea

The head of Duke Energy says changing how it encourages customers to use less power will help appropriately compensate the company.

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