Duke Energy, ENN Group sign partnership at U.S. State Department

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Washington, D.C., May 10, 2011 U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton presided over a signing ceremony in which Duke Energy and China-based ENN Group joined forces to form an “EcoPartnership” with the city of Charlotte, N.C., and the Chinese city of Langfang in Hebei Province. 

The EcoPartnership program is administered by the U.S. Department of State and China’s National Development and Reform Commission. It focuses on and encourages a wide range of collaborative public-private activities designed to stimulate innovation and sustainable economic development.

This EcoPartnership agreement follows a Jan. 18, 2011, announcement of a Duke Energy and ENN collaboration on the development of green cities in China and the U.S. 

The EcoPartnership will focus on cleaner energy generation, smart grid technologies, energy storage and energy efficiency solutions.

Duke Energy and ENN’s initial EcoPartnership projects will involve testing of solar power generation, substation and community battery storage capabilities, grid management optimization and energy efficiency initiatives.

The larger EcoPartnership collaboration will be complemented by best-practice sharing at the municipal level. Specifically, the cities of Charlotte and Langfang (which is located about 40 miles southeast of Beijing) will collaborate on promoting energy efficiency education and encouraging local community action.

Others may join this EcoPartnership in the future, including universities, additional companies and other public entities.

David Mohler, Duke Energy’s chief technology officer, and Dr. Zhongxue Gan, vice chairman and CTO of ENN Group, signed the EcoPartnership agreement in the presence of Secretary Clinton, Assistant Secretary of State Dr. Kerri-Ann Jones and NDRC Minister Zhenhua Xie. Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx and Langfang Mayor Aimin Wang also participated in the signing.

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