- Federal Reporting: We have reported our GHG emissions to the U.S. Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency since 1995. Our Securities and Exchange Commission Form 10-K for 2007 included a detailed assessment of the climate policy debate in Washington and potential costs customers could see under specific legislative proposals.
- Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP): For the past five years, we have provided information to CDP, an independent organization that works with shareholders and companies to assess the business risks and opportunities due to climate change. http://www.cdproject.net/.
- The Climate Registry: Duke Energy is a Founding Member of this U.S., Canadian and Mexican organization dedicated to providing an accurate, complete, consistent, transparent and verified set of greenhouse gas emissions data from reporting entities. http://www.theclimateregistry.org/.
Wildlife and Industry Together
Duke Energy’s Riverbend Steam Station has seen its wildlife population thrive in recent years. The station is among several Duke Energy properties that have been certified as part of the North Carolina Wildlife Federation’s Wildlife and Industry Together (WAIT) program. WAIT pairs companies with volunteers and community groups to develop company land into natural habitat. As part of Riverbend’s five-year WAIT plan, Boy Scout troops from the surrounding Belmont, N.C. area are partnering with the station to complete 14 environmental projects, including erecting nature-trail bridges, bird houses and a wildlife feed plot that is ideal for deer, turkey and other animals.
Children’s Project Goes Wild
In 2007, approximately 2,000 students from Rowan-Salisbury Schools in Rowan County, N.C. participated in the outdoor classroom at Duke Energy’s Buck Steam Station. This environmental education experience is part of Project WILD, a joint effort between Duke Energy, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, Horizons Unlimited of Rowan-Salisbury Schools and Ducks Unlimited. The program provides opportunities for fifth-graders to see and learn about wetlands, meadows, birds and animals in their natural settings.
Getting Our Own “House” in Order: Energy Efficiency at Duke Energy Offices
We are improving energy efficiency in the office space we own or lease across our five-state service area. Lighting upgrades undertaken in 2007 and planned for 2008 are expected to save approximately 1.5 gigawatt-hours of electricity per year, which is equivalent to the total energy needs of about 125 homes.
Investing in Research and Development
Duke Energy directs much of its research effort toward projects coordinated by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). In 2007, we invested $8.4 million in EPRI membership dues to pay for applied research and another $2.1 million in supplemental projects. Duke Energy participates in 47 non-nuclear programs and the entire EPRI nuclear program.
Nuclear Fleet Excels
The Duke Energy-operated seven-unit nuclear fleet (McGuire Station shown above) set an all-time operating record in September 2007. All seven generating units operated continuously for 107 days, surpassing the previous record of 89 days. Additionally, three nuclear units set electric production records in 2007. The company maintains its nuclear units around-theclock by following a rigorous protocol to identify and repair problems before they impact operations. The nuclear fleet played an important role in the company’s ability to respond to the summer-long heat wave in the Carolinas, which resulted in recordbreaking customer demand.
Reel-Less Wire Deliveries
Duke Energy works with its suppliers to reduce environmental impacts in unlikely places. Wire and cable were traditionally delivered on large, heavy wooden reels (shown in background) that were returned to the manufacturer, but had limited life-spans. We teamed up with Southwire, one of our major suppliers, to develop a delivery method that does not require reels. Now, we place the reel-less wire bundles on reusable steel spools (foreground) for mounting on our trucks. Since 2002, we have eliminated the need for almost 7.7 million pounds of wood and saved an estimated $2.3 million.
Certified Paper Helps Conservation Efforts
Duke Energy is reaffirming its commitment to preserve natural resources by increasing its use of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified paper. In 2007, Duke Energy developed guidelines to establish the use of FSC-certified papers across the company and make FSC certification mandatory for contract printers. Beginning in 2008, FSC-certified paper will be used for printed materials that carry the Duke Energy logo.
EPEAT Computers Reduce Hazardous Waste
Duke Energy transitioned to fully EPEAT-registered (Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool) computer workstations and monitors in 2007. These business-class machines have reduced levels of cadmium, lead and mercury to better protect human health and the environment during manufacture and disposal. To achieve EPEAT registration, equipment must also comply with Energy Star, a program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy.