NC company wants to use trees as power plant fuel

Charlotte, NC - CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Environmentalists are challenging a request by Duke Energy to burn wood from new-cut trees at coal-fired power plants in North and South Carolina.

The Charlotte Observer reported Saturday that the company is seeking approval to burn the wood at coal-fired plants in Rowan County, N.C., and Williamston, S.C.

The move is in response to a 2007 law requiring utilities to get more of their energy from renewable sources and reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions associated with coal-burning plants.

The Southern Environmental Law Center and other organizations have filed legal challenges to those plans, saying the company should be using waste wood and scraps not whole trees. They say the increased demand for wood could put nearby forests at risk.

Information from: The Charlotte Observer,

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