NTE Energy grabs an opportunity to supply power to N.C. cities

Duke Energy Corp.’s grip on North Carolina’s power sector has tightened over the last decade through its acquisition of Piedmont Natural Gas Co. and limited competition for wholesale power. But Florida-based NTE Energy sees an opportunity to grab a sliver of the market — and potentially more — by investing billions to offer lower-priced electricity to Tar Heel cities, electric co-ops and universities that manage their own distribution networks.

Jonathan Darabos