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U.S. Electric Utilities Brace for Surge in Power Demand from Data Centers

(Reuters) – U.S. electric utilities predict a tidal wave of new demand from data centers powering technology like generative AI, with some power companies projecting electricity sales growth several times higher than estimates just months earlier. Nine of the top 10 U.S. electric utilities said data centers were a main source of customer growth, leading …

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Duke Energy Misses Q4 Profit Estimates on Higher Interest Costs, Raises Capex

(Reuters) – Utility firm Duke Energy missed fourth-quarter profit estimates on Thursday on higher interest expenses and raised its five-year capex by $8 billion to support its transition to renewable energy. The U.S. Federal Reserve’s interest-rate hikes to tame inflation have made borrowing more expensive for businesses, impacting utility firms like Duke. The company’s quarterly interest …

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