Duke Energy signs deal to turn pig poop into electricity

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — As one of the nation's largest power providers, Duke Energy has invested large sums in whirring turbines and high tech solar projects.

On Monday it announced a new excrement-to-energy project that could provide power to about 10,000 homes a year.

Duke, with Carbon Cycle Energy, will build a facility in North Carolina that will take methane from pig and chicken waste and send it to four of its plants where it will be converted into energy.

Carbon Cycle Energy, which is based in Boulder, Colorado, said the site will likely be in Eastern North Carolina. The facility is expected to be up and running next year.

Duke Energy Corp. is based in Charlotte, North Carolina.