DUKE ENERGY: FOUR HONORED WITH ENVIRONMENT, HEALTH AND SAFETY AWARDS
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Three Duke Energy employees and one individual partner were honored today with the company’s Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) Award. The award is given annually – recognizing individual efforts in protecting and creating a safe working atmosphere throughout the company.
- Julie E. Allison, division environmentalist, Duke Energy Gas Transmission, Houston
- George T. Everett, vice president, environmental and public policy, Duke Power, Charlotte
- William M. Stroud, technical support supervisor, hydro generation, Duke Power, Charlotte
- The MarineMammalCenter, Sausalito, Calif.
The EHS Award recognizes Duke Energy employees and partners for significant contributions to the environment, and the health and safety of employees and the public. Awards are presented for outstanding achievements supporting environmental stewardship on the job or in the community, or outstanding contributions to enhancing the overall health and safety of employees and the public.
Julie Allison has been recognized for her role in founding and developing the Texas chapter of the Corporate Wetlands Restoration Partnership (CWRP).
CWRP is a public-private partnership between the federal government, state governments and private corporations. The CWRP's objective is to stop and reverse the degradation of America's fresh and saltwater wetlands and other aquatic habitats. Duke Energy is a founding member of the national CWRP.
Allison initiated Duke Energy’s work to establish a Texas chapter. She also helped recruit public and private companies as members. Within six months, the Texas chapter provided $10,000 in matching funds and 35 volunteers to the Galveston Bay Foundation to help them create oyster reefs along the shores of Galveston Island. The group also identified a project to return the historic San Jacinto battlefield and marshland to its original 1836 appearance. The goal – to make the area look much the way it did some 166 years ago when the Texas army defeated the Mexican army and won Texas independence. The restoration will help visitors understand the battlefield’s historical significance. The project restored prairie grasses, groves of trees and marshes near the monument. Last year, about one million people visited the area. Allison was instrumental in helping the Texas CWRP raise the $50,000 needed to complete the project.
George Everett was a key participant in Duke Power’s negotiation of the North Carolina clean smokestacks legislation.
Under the legislation passed in 2002, Duke Power will invest approximately $1.5 billion over the next several years to reduce emissions at its coal-fired plants. The company will add additional air pollution control equipment to most of the company’s fleet of coal-fired power plants. The agreement enables Duke Power to install the controls over a period of several years – which helps the company manage the cost of equipment installation and its impact on business operations. The legislation also freezes electricity rates for consumers for the next five years.
The legislation is becoming a model for other states pursuing stricter emissions standards.
The relationships Everett and the Duke Energy team cultivated with regulatory agencies and private organizations helped make the legislation a success for the environment, the citizens of North Carolina and Duke Power.
Bill Stroud helped Duke Power’s hydroelectric operations and the North Carolina and South Piedmont region successfully manage the worst drought in the region’s history.
In the 100 years since Duke Power first dammed the Catawba River, the Piedmont region has become dependent on the water stored in the Catawba’s lakes. Half of Duke Power’s generating facilities depend on the lakes, as do some of the company’s largest industrial customers. More than one million people depend on the lakes for their source of drinking water.
From 1998 to 2002, the region experienced the worst drought in more than 125 years of record keeping.
Using modern forecasting tools, Stroud was able to predict the oncoming drought. As a result, Duke Power voluntarily cut back on the use of its hydroelectric facilities from the summer of 1998 through 2002. He also worked with large water consumers, persuading them to conserve water. This enabled Duke Power to store more water in the lakes.
Stroud’s efforts helped keep Duke Power’s nuclear and larger steam plants on line and the drinking water flowing to area residents.
Stroud has been recognized by the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the S.C. Department of Natural Resources and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
The Marine Mammal Center has been an important Duke Energy neighbor, friend and partner on California’s Central Coast since the company began doing business in the state in 1998.
The Marine Mammal Center is the world’s largest hospital dedicated to the care of wild marine mammals, including sea lions, otters, seals, porpoises and whales. Each year the center rescues and rehabilitates as many as 800 ill, injured or orphaned animals stranded along the 600 miles of northern and central Californiacoastline. The center also conducts original research, sharing its information with local, regional and international scientific communities, and provides educational programming for school groups, the veterinary community and the general public.
Duke Energy’s Moss Landing and Morro Bay power plants host the center’s two 24-hour emergency triage facilities. The facilities are staffed by hundreds of local volunteers who provide treatment for injured seals, sea lions, sea otters and the occasional small whale before transporting them to their teaching hospital in the San Francisco Bay area.
Duke Energy has provided financial support to the center which includes 20-year leases to operate on Duke Energy property. Duke Energy plant employees have also donated their time.
Duke Energy is a diversified multinational energy company with an integrated network of energy assets and expertise. The company manages a dynamic portfolio of natural gas and electric supply, delivery and trading businesses – meeting the energy needs of customers throughout North America and in key markets around the world. Duke Energy, headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., is a Fortune 500 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available on the Internet at: www.duke-energy.com.