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Duke Energy appeals NC rejection of secrecy claims

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Duke Energy is going to court to keep from divulging more than 600 pages of internal documents and emails that North Carolina utilities regulators determined were wrongly claimed as trade secrets.

The country's largest electric company said Tuesday it wants to keep confidential all documents that discuss business plans, strategies, discussions of its nuclear plants and personnel matters.

Utilities regulators and North Carolina's attorney general are investigating Duke Energy over its surprise ouster of Progress Energy CEO Bill Johnson, who was supposed to take over the combined company.

Duke Energy was ordered to turn over internal documents dealing with the ouster, but marked 5,000 pages as confidential and containing trade secrets. The commission said only 13 percent of the documents contained trade secrets.

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