Duke Energy is taking several measures to do our part in creating a sustainable energy future while working to reduce our carbon footprint. Efforts include our aspiration to cut our carbon emissions in half by 2030, building more efficient power plants, developing robust energy efficiency programs and supporting state and federal energy policies that encourage market-based controls of greenhouse gas emissions and the development of new, cleaner technologies. Together, these initiatives will allow Duke Energy to continue to meet our customers’ energy needs in an environmentally sound manner.
As a part of our effort to reduce emissions we are:
- Implementing efficient coal plant technologies at our Cliffside generation station.
- Retiring 1,000 megawatts of old, inefficient coal-fired generation in the Carolinas by 2018.
- Conducting a carbon sequestration study at the Edwardsport plant as a result of a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.
- Introducing Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) technology at the Edwardsport facility to reduce emissions by up to 45 percent per megawatt hour.
- Expanding the roles of energy efficiency, renewables and natural gas in our supply portfolio.