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Duke, Charlotte expand green energy agreement with Chinese

Duke Energy has signed an agreement with China’s ENN Group expanding cooperation on clean energy and pairing the city of Charlotte in the EcoPartnership program with Langfang, China.

Duke and ENN have agreed to work together on projects to test solar power generation, substation and community battery-storage capabilities, grid management and energy-efficiency initiatives.

“A team from ENN will be in Charlotte next week and we will be working on project plans, what the schedules look like and where different projects will be done,” says Duke’s Chief Technolgy Officer David Mohler.

Washington signing

Charlotte and Langfang will collaborate on promoting energy-efficiency education and encouraging local community action. That will take place after Duke and ENN start work on the various projects.

The signing took place Tuesday in Washington at a ceremony at the State Department. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke at the event before the signing of six new agreements between U.S. and Chinese organizations. Xie Zhenua, minister of China’s National Development and Reform Commission, also spoke.

Mohler signed the agreement on behalf of Duke. The agreement follows one signed by Duke and ENN in January in which they agreed to work together on the Green Cities program in China.

Foxx on hand

The key difference in the new agreement is bringing in the city governments to cooperate on encouraging the development of new technologies and sharing best practices on energy and sustainability issues.

Mohler and Duke CEO Jim Rogers were in Japan last month and then met with top officials of ENN in Langfang to discuss the partnership.

Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx, Charlotte’s energy and sustainability manager, also attended the signing.

Langfang has already been chosen as part of China’s Green Cities program. Charlotte’s sustainable-energy projects include Envision: Charlotte effort to reduce power use uptown by 20% over five years.

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