Duke Energy’s Latest Sustainability Report Details Cleaner Energy Investments and Aggressive Goal to Reduce Carbon Emissions 40 Percent by 2030

Apr 27, 2017 9:40 AM ET
  • Report highlights the company’s progress in delivering a smart-energy future for customers, communities
  • By 2030, company to reduce carbon dioxide emissions 40 percent from 2005 levels 
  • $11 billion investment in cleaner generation drives new targets
Press Release

CHARLOTTE, N.C., April 27, 2016 /3BL Media/  – A modernized generating fleet and additional investments of $11 billion in cleaner generation are spurring Duke Energy to establish an aggressive carbon dioxide reduction goal: 40 percent by 2030 from 2005 levels.

The goals are spelled out in the company’s 2016 Sustainability Report, which was issued today. View it online.

“As technology and customers’ expectations evolve, Duke Energy is responding by investing in innovative new solutions to power the lives of our customers with reliable, affordable and increasingly clean energy,” said Lynn Good, Duke Energy’s chairman, president and CEO. “We recognize that how we make energy is more important than ever before and we are focused on long-term investments that will deliver a lower-carbon future.” 

Duke Energy has been diversifying its generating fleet by retiring older coal units, building state-of-the-art natural gas and coal facilities, and expanding renewables. Today, natural gas provides 28 percent of the electricity Duke Energy produces, and 38 percent of the electricity generated is from zero emission sources, including nuclear, hydropower, wind and solar.

As a result of its system modernization, Duke Energy has reduced carbon dioxide emissions by more than 29 percent since 2005. The company’s planned investments over the next decade will build on that progress and further reduce emissions.

Also in the report, the company announced a new goal to lower carbon intensity, measured in pounds of carbon dioxide released per kilowatt-hour of electricity generated, by 45 percent versus 2005 output. In 2016, the company achieved almost 25 percent reduction in carbon intensity versus 2005.

The Sustainability Report provides details of the company’s performance in four key areas – customers, growth, operations and employees. The report also tracks the company’s progress on other sustainability goals and programs, such as:

  • Duke Energy is on track to meet its 2020 goal of owning or having under contract 8,000 megawatts (MW) of wind, solar or biomass capacity by 2020. At the end of 2016, the company had 5,400 MW, which is 1,000 MW above last year’s mark.
  • Duke Energy’s price per kilowatt-hour of electricity remains lower than the national average in all six states the company serves retail electric customers.
  • The company is on target to recycle 80 percent of its solid waste by 2018. Currently, 76 percent of the solid waste produced by Duke Energy is recycled.
  • Duke Energy’s safety performance continues to improve. The company was among the top 10 percent among industry peers for overall safety.

Duke Energy has a long history of being among the top sustainable companies. For 11 straight years, Duke Energy has been a part of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for North America.

About Duke Energy
Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is one of the largest energy holding companies in the United States. Its Electric Utilities and Infrastructure business unit serves approximately 7.5 million customers located in six states in the Southeast and Midwest. The company’s Gas Utilities and Infrastructure business unit distributes natural gas to approximately 1.6 million customers in the Carolinas, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. Its Commercial Renewables business unit operates a growing renewable energy portfolio across the United States. 

Duke Energy is a Fortune 125 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available at duke-energy.com.  

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