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Duke Energy eyes expansion at Rockingham plant

Duke Energy Carolinas may expand its gas-fired plant in Rockingham County, increasing its capacity more than 80%.

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Only Dim Bulbs Like Save-a-Watt Plan

Energy efficiency technology is the cheapest, cleanest and quickest way to meet new energy demand. Duke’s energy efficiency proposal, however, is a lemon. It ties the price for energy efficiency to the cost of expensive coal and nuclear plants.

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Critics say Duke Energy's Save-A-Watt won't save a lot

Duke Energy Corp., while pushing ahead with plans for a new coal-burning power plant in Cliffside, west of Charlotte, and perhaps additional nuclear reactors to supply its electricity customers, insists it's committed to energy conservation as a "virtual" fuel source for the future. Several public interest advocacy groups, however, say it isn't.

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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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