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New Energy Efficiency System Coming To Uptown Charlotte

Duke Energy and Cisco have announced a plan to invest more than $5 million wiring office buildings in Uptown Charlotte with electricity monitoring technology. Former President Bill Clinton highlighted the project this week at a meeting of his Global Initiative in New York. If you knew exactly how much energy your office building was using, would you be more inclined to turn off the lights and power down your computer when you head home? We'll soon find out, says Duke Energy spokesman Greg Efthimiou. Duke is partnering with technology company Cisco to put touch-screen monitors in the lobbies of Uptown office buildings that will show how much energy the building is using at any moment. "We think it'll be a great way to make energy - which is not something that's usually top of mind - into something that is top of mind," says Efthimiou. "And it'll help educate people on how they can have an impact on curbing energy use at the office." The lobby monitors will also show how one building's energy use compares to others in Uptown Charlotte and other major Southeastern cities. Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Duke Energy, the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County government buildings, are all expected to participate. Duke and Cisco will cover the estimated $5.3 million cost to get the project running. The goal, says Efthimiou, is to have the 60 largest office buildings in Uptown participate and ultimately reduce energy use 20 percent by 2016. Look for touch-screen energy monitors in Uptown lobbies by the middle of next year.