Duke Energy to help with China's 'eco city'

Duke Energy will work with China’s ENN Group to develop China’s first “eco city” in Langfang, near Beijing.

The companies signed an agreement on the project Tuesday in Washington, D.C. Chinese government officials and representatives from the U.S. departments of state and energy attended the signing. It coincides with a diplomatic visit by Chinese President Hu Jintao, who will be discussing trade and other issues with President Barack Obama.

ENN is developing the eco city. Duke will collaborate and apply what it learns there in deploying clean-power technologies in the United States.

ENN and Duke see Langfang as a city that uses electricity produced via cleaner generation technologies and benefits from advancements in energy storage and energy efficiency. The project also would employ energy-recovery technologies, such as using algae to absorb carbon, and have a grid designed for efficient use of electric vehicles.

(Portland firm Cogan Owens Cogan was on the team that developed the plan for Langfang, read more here.)

"This represents not only a collaboration between two companies, but also two countries, China and the United States," says ENN Chairman Wang Yusuo, who signed the agreement. "ENN and Duke Energy will complement one another's strengths as we seek to accelerate the commercialization of low-carbon technologies."

Duke CEO Jim Rogers signed the agreement for the American company.

"Today's agreement exemplifies what's possible when the U.S. and China collaborate on energy technologies for the 21st century," he says. "Together we seek to demonstrate how these next-generation technologies can transform the way we live."

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