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Duke, Chinese company unveil green cities initiative

Charlotte-based Duke Energy Corp. and China-based ENN Group today announced an agreement to develop technologies to build greener cities in China and the U.S.

The agreement creates the Future Energy Technology Demonstration Platform. It will allow the companies to exchange knowledge on advanced energy, building and transportation technologies.

ENN is building China’s first smart-energy “eco city” in Langfang, China, which is close to Beijing. Duke said it will collaborate with ENN to develop the eco city and adapt what it learns from the project as it deploys clean-energy technologies.

Duke CEO Jim Rogers and ENN Chairman Wang Yusuo signed the agreement.

The collaboration follows an agreement — announced Sept. 23, 2009, at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York — by Duke and ENN to accelerate the development of low-carbon and clean-energy technologies. The companies are also working to develop commercial solar-power projects in the U.S. under an agreement signed Oct. 23, 2009.

Duke has about 4 million customers in North and South Carolina, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky.

ENN has more than 100 subsidiaries in more than 100 cities across China and around the world and employs more than 26,000.

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