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Duke, Chinese company ink eco-partnership

Duke Energy Corp. and China-based ENN Group have signed an agreement to form an eco-partnership with Charlotte and the Chinese city of Langfang in Hebei Province.

The agreement was signed Tuesday at a ceremony over which U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton presided.

The U.S. Department of State and the People’s Republic of China’s National Development and Reform Commission is administering the eco-partnership program, which encourages collaborative public-private activities designed to stimulate innovation and sustainable economic development. The eco-partnership will focus on cleaner-energy generation, smart grid technologies, energy storage and energy-efficiency solutions.

The agreement follows a Jan. 18 announcement of a Duke Energy and ENN collaboration on the development of green cities in China and the U.S.

Duke said others can join the partnership, including universities, companies and public entities.

Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx and Langfang Mayor Aimin Wang also participated in the signing.

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