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Regulators begin expert witness hearings Tuesday on carbon plan

Duke Energy logo. (Graphic credit: Duke Energy)

Expert witness hearings on Duke Energy's proposed carbon reduction plan begin Tuesday in Raleigh.

State utility regulators will hear from experts with Duke Energy, environmental and business groups and the state attorney general's office. The testimony will guide regulators as they finalize a plan to eliminate carbon emissions from energy plants that cause climate change.

They'll be considering multiple scenarios from Duke as well as alternate plans from other groups.

Duke Energy's Kendal Bowman talked about Duke's approach when it filed its plans in May.

He said, “We're trying to get to this carbon reduction, which benefits everyone. But we're doing it under those fundamental principles of affordability, while ensuring reliability.”

The hearings are expected to take several weeks. The Utilities Commission must approve a plan by December 31st.