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Duke taps Verizon for uptown energy-efficiency project

Duke Energy Corp. said Verizon Wireless will provide the telecommunications network that will connect digital meters, signs and media players that will be used in the Envision: Charlotte project.

The initiative, announced last year, is designed to make commercial buildings in uptown Charlotte consume less energy.

Duke said it will use Verizon’s 4G LTE network to collect energy-usage data from roughly 70 buildings in Charlotte’s 1.94-square-mile Interstate 277 inner-belt loop. The information will then be streamed to large interactive lobby-level screens provided by Cisco, Duke said, adding that tenants in those buildings will be able to see nearly real-time energy usage data for the community and suggested actions to reduce energy use in the office.

So far, businesses and government leaders controlling more than 12 million square feet of space have committed to participate in Envision: Charlotte, Duke said. The goal is to reduce energy use by up to 20 percent and avoid approximately 220,000 metric tons of greenhouse gases by 2016.

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