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Duke Energy Makes it a Sweet Dozen

A dozen doughnuts are sweet. But so is being named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) for North America for the 12th consecutive year.

It's a leading indicator of sustainable companies. Other utilities making this list this year: AES, Entergy, Exelon, NiSource, PGE Corp., Public Service Enterprise and Sempra.

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“Being listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for 12 straight years clearly reflects Duke Energy’s commitment to operating the right way for all stakeholders – especially our customers and communities" said Cari Boyce, Duke Energy's senior vice president, stakeholder strategy and sustainability and Duke Energy Foundation president. “This recognition also reflects the hard work of our 29,000 employees, who strive to improve our business every day.”

Since 1999, the Index has evaluated the sustainability of leading companies worldwide.

In selecting the top performers in each business sector, the DJSI reviews companies on several general and industry-specific topics related to economic, environmental and social dimensions. 

Among them: Corporate governance, innovation management, environmental policy, climate strategy and corporate citizenship. The index is compiled annually by S&P Dow Jones and Zurich-based RobecoSAM (Sustainable Asset Management).

.Duke Energy highlights:

  • Since 2005, Duke Energy’s U.S. carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions decreased by 29 percent, sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions decreased by 94 percent and nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions decreased by 70 percent. 
  • In 2016, Duke Energy continued to grow its renewable generation portfolio, with more than 5,400 megawatts of wind, solar and biomass capacity – owned or under contract. 
  • Electric customers continue to benefit from rates below the national average in all customer classes and all service areas. 
  • Duke Energy met its five-year (2013 to 2017) economic development goals a year early by helping attract more than 50,000 jobs and over $14 billion in capital investments to our service territories since 2013. 
  • Duke Energy employees led the industry with safety performance on the job. 
  • During 2016, foundations run by Duke Energy contributed $33.5 million to their communities.




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