For decades, reliable, affordable electricity in this state was made possible by coal. With coal came coal ash – the byproduct of decades of generating electricity from this resource. It’s a waste that was produced each time we turned on a light switch, watched a television or charged a mobile phone. In fact, a typical residential family today will generate more than 150 pounds of coal ash each year from consuming electricity to meet their household needs.
But like any waste, we must ensure that coal ash is responsibly managed. As your local electric provider, it’s our job to take care of the waste, and we will do it responsibly. But the cost of that service is a responsibility we all share as consumers of electricity, so that the public and the environment are protected now and in the future.
Duke Energy customers will never pay for the company’s response to the 2014 coal ash release at the Dan River Steam Station, or for any coal ash-related fines or penalties the company incurs. We take responsibility for our actions in those matters and those costs will be borne by Duke Energy shareholders.