Duke To Help Build Chinese ‘Eco-City’

We reported on how the United States and China were using President Hu Jintao’s visit to Washington as a platform to demonstrate cooperation between the two countries on clean-energy issues. Here’s another example of that playing out: Duke Energy said it would work with China-based ENN Group to help build China’s first smart energy “eco-city” in Langfang, China, near Beijing.

The agreement, signed by Duke and ENN chief executives in an event attended by Chinese officials and representatives from the U.S. Department of State and Department of Energy, creates what the companies dubbed the “Future Energy Technology Demonstration Platform.” And while the eco-city is going up in China, Duke said benefits will flow to the United States as well by advancing technologies related to “energy storage, energy efficiency, energy recovery (for example, carbon absorption by microalgae) and electric vehicle infrastructure.”

Duke Energy, ENN Group agreement

image via Duke

The companies noted that is isn’t the first hookup for Duke, the third-largest electric power company in the United States, and ENN, which calls itself China’s largest private clean energy provider. In 2009, the companies announced deals on low-carbon and clean energy technologies as well as collaboration on developing commercial solar power projects in the United States.

Pete Danko is a writer and editor based in Portland, Oregon. His work has appeared in Breaking Energy, National Geographic's Energy Blog, The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle and elsewhere.