U.S. utility company Duke Energy decommission energy-storage batteries produced by Chinese battery maker CATL at one of the nation’s largest Marine Corps bases and will phase out CATL products at its civilian projects, the company confirmed to Reuters.
Mike Gallagher, the Republican chairman of the bipartisan select committee, and Senator Marco Rubio said in a statement to Reuters that they were pleased Duke Energy had moved to decommission the CATL batteries at Camp Lejeune. Lawmakers, concerned with National Security risks have communicated with U.S> companies to veer away from Chinese batteries. A measure in this year’s annual defense spending bill bans the Defense Department from procuring batteries produced by CATL and several other top Chinese manufacturers starting in 2027.
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