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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Tony Dorazio, a veteran alternative energy executive, is joining (NYSE: DUK) to lead its wind energy development business.

Dorazio has nearly 30 years of experience in the energy business and helped launch the wind power business for BP Alternative Energy in the United Kingdom.

Duke Energy is already using so-called wind farms to generate more than 700 megawatts of electricity. Each megawatt is enough energy for some 800 homes, according to a Duke Energy spokesperson.

The Charlotte-based utility giant also is seeking to build a pilot windmill project off the North Carolina coast. If built, it would be the first such facility in the U.S.

Dorazio will lead a fast-growing business group. Duke Energy is committed to adding another251 megawatts of wind power this year through construction of wind farms in Wyoming and Colorado and has plans to add between 200-300 megawatts of power for the foreseeable future.

"Tony Dorazio stood out among a field of strong candidates for the position,” said Duke Energy Generation Services President in a statement. “I’m confident he’ll do an excellent job in leading our efforts to develop commercial wind power projects throughout the U.S."

Dorazio has worked on energy projects in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Before joining BP Alternative Energy he served as vice president of Vestas American Wind Technology in Oregon.

"As an outside observer, I’ve watched Duke Energy quickly emerge as a national wind energy leader," Dorazio said in a statement. "I look forward to taking the company’s wind development efforts to an even higher level in the years ahead."

Key priorities for Dorazio include:

• Wind farm site selection
• Permit application processes
• Marketing projects to potential large-scale electricity buyers
• Identifying opportunities to grow the business.