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Duke Energy to pay customers to haul away old refrigerators

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Duke Energy has received the green light to pay its North Carolina customers $30 to haul away old refrigerators.

The N.C. Utilities Commission said today that the incentive will promote energy efficiency by insuring that when customers buy energy-efficient refrigerators, older fridges are junked instead of being harnessed for double-duty in garages and attics.

Charlotte-based Duke expects nearly 51,000 customers to take advantage of the incentive in the first four years it's offered. Duke has about 180,000 customers in Chapel Hill, Durham and other parts of the Triangle, amounting to about 10 percent of the company's customer base in North Carolina.

The utilities commission also said that Duke will be able to recover its program costs through customer bills, as utilities typically do to pay for efficiency incentives and to compensate for losses in power sales that about as a result of efficiency programs. The commission gave Duke discretion to increase the fridge bonus up to $50 if necessary to keep customers interested.


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it`s nice initiative by duke

it`s nice initiative by duke co, hopefully it will lower the cost of  ,instead of repair old fridge, every one want to buy new one.

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John Murawski has been a full-time newspaper reporter since 1991, with stints at Legal Times and The Chronicle of Philanthropy (both in Washington, DC), The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Palm Beach Post (in South Florida) before arriving at the N&O in December 2004. At the N&O he covers energy (nuclear, coal, renewable, efficiency), hydraulic fracturing (or "fracking"), public utilities and health care. His beat includes PSNC Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas, Duke Energy Progress, PowerSecure International, GlaxoSmithKline, Merck, Novo Nordisk, Pfizer, Biogen Idec and others. He has also contributed more than 30 book reviews on topics spanning botany, history, science and religion. You can reach him at 919-829-8932 or e-mail him.