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Duke Energy Looking For Power From Poultry Waste

Duke Energy is in search of energy powered by poultry waste. Ten years from now, utilities in North Carolina must get 12.5 percent of their power from renewable sources. A small portion of that renewable energy must come from poultry waste. It's now easier to meet that requirement. Utilities could always use the electricity from poultry waste, but new legislation also lets them harvest the thermal energy those facilities produce. Duke spokesman Jason Walls said the company is taking advantage. "We're looking to see who has projects out there and what kind of resources are available for us to meet this set-aside requirement," Walls said. Walls said the poultry waste-to-energy requirement has been the toughest one for Duke to meet. Duke wants proposals from poultry waste-to-energy facilities in North Carolina by August 3, although they don't have to be producing energy until April 2014. Walls said that Duke is still unsure how many companies in North Carolina are turning poultry waste to energy.