ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- Duke Energy won't meet a requirement by the city of Asheville to reduce glare from outdoor security lights even though the utility was given five years to comply.
Duke Energy officials told the Citizen-Times of Asheville it needs extra time to meet the requirements of the 2008 ordinance because it did little to modify or replace the lights.
The rules require outdoor security lights to have cutoff switches or other features to keep the lights from shining into the sky or nearby houses. Supporters say the ordinance will reduce light pollution.
No one knows exactly how many of Duke Energy's lights are breaking the rules. The city has given the utility more time to comply with the new rules.