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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.

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.

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.

Opposition to Duke Energy plan heated

Duke Energy's plan to save its customers energy and money is facing some heated opposition this week as the company makes its case for government approval.

Protesters urge regulators to block Duke Energy plan

A public protest kicked off a week of hearings today on Duke Energy's controversial energy efficiency proposal called Save-a-Watt.

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