Letter to Dr. Vincent E. Price, President Duke University, and Lynn Good, President & CEO Duke Energy: Amid prodigious PR by the two Dukes since the spring about creating biogas from hog waste, there apparently has been little or no technology breakthrough in several years.
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Duke University has delayed indefinitely plans to build a freestanding Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant and will instead focus its attention on expanding opportunities to use biogas and other environmentally friendly fuels for its growing energy needs, university officials announced on Friday.
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Duke has decided to delay construction indefinitely of a proposed Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant, the University announced Friday. Instead, the University will pursue opportunities to employ biogas and other fuels for its energy. The proposed plant has drawn considerable criticism on campus and in the community, as groups including the Duke Climate Coalition and NC WARN have opposed the construction of the natural gas-powered facility.
Duke University ought to conduct a “bottom-up” review of its energy needs, one open to community groups, before deciding to do anything like allowing a utility to install a gas-turbine power plant on campus, a coalition of environmental and political groups says. The coalition includes Durham’s People’s Alliance, the city’s single most influential political organization, and weighed in on March 9 via a letter to Duke President Vince Price.
After plans for a fracked gas-burning plant on Duke University’s campus were twice delayed by campus and community voices, the university appears to be trying to sneak past concerned students, community members and alumni in order to allow Duke Energy to build the plant on campus – and force its other customers to pay for it.
For a university that has always been protective of its global reputation, contributing to global greenhouse gases through a natural gas plant is no way to burnish that image. That’s one of the conclusions of a Duke University Campus Sustainability Subcommittee, which released a report on a proposed combined heat-and- power natural gas plant today.
Duke University has delayed a vote by its trustees on the controversial $55 million combined heat-and-power plant that Duke Energy has proposed building on the campus.
Plans for a gas-turbine power plant at Duke University ran into another delay Tuesday, with administrators saying they’ll hold off on asking campus trustees to green-light the $55 million project.