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Duke Energy Blames Renewables for Increased Air Pollution in North Carolina

At a time when forward-looking utilities are rapidly transitioning to renewable energy, the nation’s largest investor-owned electric utility is pushing an outlandish claim that the growth of solar power will increase air pollution.  Duke Energy, which supplies electricity to 7.7 million Americans, says the increase of solar power in its home state of North Carolina is responsible for a spike in nitrogen oxide pollution from Duke’s natural gas plants. A spokesperson for Duke told the North State Journal, in the state capital of Raleigh, that a surge in carbon dioxide emissions could also occur if the use of solar is allowed to grow as a share of the state’s energy mix.  Read more....

 

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