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A Greener Uptown Charlotte

Duke Energy, Cisco, Verizon Wireless and Charlotte Center City Partners are collaborating on Envision: Charlotte, announced at the 2010 Clinton Global Initiative. The aim is to reduce energy use in our headquarters city by up to 20 percent among about 70 office buildings by 2016 — avoiding approximately 220,000 metric tons of greenhouse gases.

Using Duke Energy’s Smart Energy NowSM energy efficiency services, Envision: Charlotte will use digital energy technologies to gather data on the buildings’ collective energy use. Display screens in participating buildings and throughout uptown will provide near-real-time updates.

Duke Energy is funding 70 percent of the program’s cost, with Cisco and Verizon funding the remainder. In February 2011, the N.C. Utilities Commission approved our ability to recover a portion of our costs under our energy efficiency framework.