- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 23, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Duke Energy Progress says it is launching an initiative to modernize outdoor lighting across its service area.

The utility says it’s received approval from the N.C. Utilities Commission to replace more than 100,000 mercury vapor street and area lights with advanced light emitting diode, or LED, fixtures.

It will soon propose a replacement plan for Duke Energy Progress customers in South Carolina.

The project is part of the utility’s Lighting Modernization Program, which would replace mercury vapor fixtures in Duke Energy Progress’ North Carolina service area over a two-year period beginning next month.

About 25 percent of outdoor lights on the Duke Energy Progress system use mercury vapor fixtures, identifiable by their cool, bluish light. Most fixtures were installed decades ago and are nearing the end of their useful life.

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