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Duke Energy names new Florida leader

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Duke Energy on Wednesday named a new state president in Florida, as current President Alex Glenn will move to a position in Charlotte, N.C. with the utility company.

Harry Sideris, 46, senior vice president of environmental, health and safety for Duke, will take over as state president in Florida effective Jan. 1, the company said.

Glenn, 51, will become senior vice president of state and federal regulatory legal support for the North Carolina-based company.

Sideris joined Progress Energy in 1996 and became vice president of power generation for Duke's operations in the western portions of North Carolina and South Carolina in 2012, after a merger of Progress and Duke. He has been a senior vice president since August 2014, Wednesday's announcement said. 

Duke has about 1.7 million customers in Florida, making it the second-largest utility behind Florida Power & Light.