Regarding the May 15 news article “Duke Energy to pay $102 million”: The remaining $68 million from the Duke Energy fine that is not used for environmental projects should be used for grants to government agencies for the installation of renewable energy systems.
With a 30 percent grant or less, government agencies can install solar energy systems that save their citizens tax dollars. This means that money from the fine can support over 100 million watts of renewable energy-generating capacity. During the 25-year lifetime of these systems, over 2 million tons of carbon dioxide will be prevented from entering the atmosphere and over a million tons of coal will not be burned.
And over 300,000 tons of coal ash will not be produced.