Changing minds by thinking differently

Beverly Marshall (left) and Julie GriffithOver the next three years, Duke Energy’s regulated businesses plan to invest more than $9 billion to strengthen customer service and reliability, and to meet steadily growing demand. Besides investing in additional megawatt-hours from new plants, we are supporting a “save-a-watt” business model focused on energy efficiency to offset the need for more plants, even as demand continues to grow. With this new model, energy efficiency becomes a sustainable system resource that plays a more significant role in our plans to meet customers’ increasing demand for electricity.

We are working with policymakers to find the best way to address the timely recovery of these investments. We believe that recovering financing costs as we build and implementing a regulatory framework that encourages investments in energy efficiency will result in smaller, more manageable rate increases. This is a win-win proposition for our customers and our investors. We also believe that investments in energy efficiency should be put on an equal footing with investments in new generation. With comparable earnings on investments, we would be economically impartial to meeting our customers’ growing demand for electricity with investments in energy efficiency or new generation.

 

BEVERLY MARSHALL (LEFT), VICE PRESIDENT FOR FEDERAL POLICY AND GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS AT DUKE ENERGY, AND JULIE GRIFFITH, VICE PRESIDENT FOR STATE GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS AT DUKE ENERGY INDIANA, ARE TWO KEY MEMBERS OF DUKE ENERGY’S PUBLIC POLICY TEAM.