Since 2005, decreased carbon dioxide emissions from electricity generation by over 40 percent, sulfur dioxide emissions by over 95 percent and nitrogen oxides emissions by over 80 percent.
Announced a new goal to achieve net-zero methane emissions from our natural gas distribution business by 2030.
In 2020, reached a cumulative, multiyear reduction in customer energy consumption of over 20,600 gigawatt-hours, and a reduction in peak demand of nearly 7,000 megawatts (MW).
As of year-end 2020, owned, operated or had under contract almost 8,800 MW of wind, solar and biomass.
Built momentum around electric vehicle charging pilot programs and announced a plan to electrify Duke Energy’s vehicle fleet.
Since 2010, retired 51 units at coal-fired power plants, totaling approximately 6,500 MW of capacity.
Reduced water withdrawn for electric generation by 442 billion gallons since 2016.
Recycled 80 percent of our solid waste, diverting over 86,000 tons of solid waste from landfills.
Brought online North Carolina’s largest battery – a nearly 9-megawatt facility in Asheville.
Filed integrated resource plans (IRPs) in North Carolina and South Carolina, outlining six potential pathways to a cleaner energy future over the next 15 years shaped by stakeholder feedback and priorities.
Challenges & Opportunities
Continue to move to a low-carbon future by retiring coal plants and replacing them with renewable energy and natural gas plants.
Continue to reduce methane leaks in our natural gas distribution business by deploying new technologies, operational efficiencies and damage prevention initiatives. Focus on upstream emissions via supplier and industry efforts.
Further strengthen our grid to enable more renewable energy and to protect against cyber and physical threats.
Advocate for public policies that advance the innovations necessary to achieve a net-zero carbon future – including longer-duration energy storage, carbon capture, advanced nuclear, hydrogen and other technologies.