we expect to create a prosperous future fueled by low-cost, clean
energy, it’s time to recalibrate the way we think about renewables.
That requires us to move beyond the once cutting-edge view that solar
power is a key ingredient in lowering greenhouse gas emissions.
Ironically, a frequent target of environmentalists, Duke Energy, is
showing us that’s not the case. In fact, Duke documents show the
negative impact of deploying solar power on the electric grid.
Reporting by North State Journal revealed Duke is asking North
Carolina regulators to ease air quality emission limits for some of
Duke’s combustion turbine facilities. The utility is trying to
reduce air pollution it says is due to the increased penetration of
solar power. North Carolina ranks second in the nation, behind only
California, in the amount of installed solar plants.
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