Groups Advocate for Solar Farm with Duke Energy’s New Gas Plant

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Environmental groups asked South Carolina regulators Tuesday to put off construction of Duke Energy Carolinas’ proposed W.S. Lee natural gas plant until 2018 and to require Duke to consider installing a large solar farm in conjunction with the project.

Witnesses for the Coastal Conservation League and the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy testified that Duke does not need the 750-megawatt plant by 2017, as requested. They told regulators that Duke Carolinas and Duke Energy Progress can instead cooperate to use each other’s power-plant capacity and delay construction of Lee and future plants.

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