Regulators debate Duke Energy natural gas fired plant

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina electricity regulators are collecting information on a huge natural gas-burning power plant Duke Energy wants to build in Asheville.

The North Carolina Utilities Commission meets Monday to hear the reasons Duke Energy wants to build the power plant to replace a coal-fired plant.

Environmental groups oppose building the plant they say is unneeded and passing along the nearly $1 billion cost to electricity customers. Opponents say Duke Energy is overstating the projected need for electricity in the North Carolina mountains to get the plant built.

The meeting comes one week before a deadline set by state legislators last year for regulators to decide whether to approve construction.

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