What is Duke Energy Doing?
Under the U.S. Department of Energy’s Section 1605(b) voluntary greenhouse gas reporting program, Duke Energy has reported actions that have avoided or biologically sequestered (captured CO2 in living plants) greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to approximately 175 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent between 1991 and 2005.
The company has accomplished this through:
- Increased nuclear electricity generation
- Combined heat and power projects
- Cooperative sequestration programs that involve tree planting, forest management and preservation
- Improved efficiency at hydroelectric and coal-fired electric generating facilities
- Landfill methane capture
- Coal byproduct reuse
- End-use energy conservation programs
- Renewable energy demonstration projects
- Sulfur Hexafluoride (SF6) management projects
- Material recycling
- Implementation of natural gas pipeline operation best management practices.
Duke Energy is also a technology coalition partner in three sequestration initiatives: the Southeast Regional Carbon Partnership, the Illinois State Geological Survey Midwest Geological Sequestration Consortium, and the Midwest Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership. The sequestration partnerships are part of a broader U.S. Department of Energy effort to identify the best approaches for capturing and permanently storing greenhouse gases across the U.S. These initiatives involve state agencies, universities and industry. As part of the Midwest Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership, Duke Energy is taking part in a field study to test the potential for permanently storing carbon dioxide at our East Bend Generating Station in Kentucky.
For additional information on climate change related initiatives please go to Stewardship.