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Duke Energy Says It Can’t Reach Carbon-Cutting Targets Without Nuclear

  • Company has set a goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050
  • CEO Lynn Good also said Duke must build more renewable power
   
Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg

Duke Energy, one of the biggest U.S. power companies, isn’t going to reach its carbon-cutting goals without the help of a controversial source: nuclear power.

That’s according to Chief Executive Officer Lynn Good, who spoke Tuesday at panel called the Future of Energy. Nuclear power is relatively expensive and some environmental groups worry about accidents and the storing of spent fuel, which is dangerous. Still, it’s the only source of carbon-free power that can run around the clock.