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U.S. pipeline operator Energy Transfer to tap into alternative energy projects

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Feb 11 (Reuters) - Energy Transfer LP said onThursday it had created a new business to ramp up efforts todevelop alternative energy projects, as the pipeline operatoraims to reduce its carbon footprint.

Traditional oil and gas companies are under increasingpressure to invest more in renewable energy and carbon-capturetechnology to battle climate change.

Energy Transfer's Alternative Energy Group will focus onrenewable energy projects including solar and wind farms, eitheras a power purchaser or in partnership with third partydevelopers, and will be led by the company's general counsel,Tom Mason.

The company said it would also look to develop renewablediesel and renewable natural gas opportunities, adding thatthese potential projects could involve the utilization of EnergyTransfer's pipeline system.(Reporting by Rithika Krishna in Bengaluru; Editing byRamakrishnan M.)