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Duke Energy issued renewable energy certificates

Gas and electricity provider Duke Energy could soon be issued with renewable energy certificates after asking regulators in North Carolina to register two of its plants as sustainable energy facilities.

In 2007 the North Carolina General Assembly passed a law stating that all plants in North Carolina must use renewable resources to generate a portion a the energy they sell. This law will become active this year but will continue to increase until 12.5% of all products must use sustainable resources by 2012.

If Duke’s Buck Steam Station in Salisbury and its Lee Steam Station in Williamston, South Carolina, become registered renewable energy facilities Duke will qualify for renewable energy certificates and use these to comply with the legislation.

The company’s two refineries will generate electricity by burning coal blended with biomass products.