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    Associated Press Utilities Commission Hears Comments On Duke Coal Plant, Pollution August 31, 2006 SHELBY, N.C. -- Speakers at a public hearing say Duke Energy
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      Associated Press

      Utilities Commission Hears Comments On Duke Coal Plant, Pollution

      August 31, 2006

      SHELBY, N.C. -- Speakers at a public hearing say Duke Energy should
      push energy-saving measures and power from renewable sources before
      building more coal-burning generators.

      One man told the state Utilities Commission that conservation and
      efficiency should be the order of the day.
      Local leaders say they're eager for the jobs and increased tax
      revenue expected from construction at the utility's Cliffside plant
      on the Cleveland-Rutherford county line.

      The hearing, and an earlier one in Charlotte on Wednesday night,
      will help the commission decide whether there is a need for the
      company's first new coal-fired power plants since 1974.

      Duke Energy plans to build two 800-megawatt coal-fired generating
      units at Cliffside and retire four units that were built in the
      1940s. The company says its eight coal-fired plants in North
      Carolina and South Carolina generate about half the electricity its
      customers use.
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