Welcome to the Duke Energy Annual Meeting of Shareholders
March 23, 2021
Dear Fellow Shareholders:
I am pleased to invite you to Duke Energy's Annual Meeting to be held on Thursday, May 6, 2021, at 12:30 p.m. Eastern time. We look forward to updating you at the Annual Meeting on our strategy and areas of focus and progress in 2020, as well as plans for the future of Duke Energy.
This past year has produced challenges for our Company, customers, and communities unlike any other we have seen. However, I am proud to say that Duke Energy rose to the occasion. We took steps throughout the pandemic to support our customers and communities when they needed us the most – without any layoffs or furloughs of our employees. We also produced exceptional results and continued to work toward our goals.
Our path forward has a clear destination: achieve net-zero carbon emissions from electricity generation by 2050. To meet this target, we are executing a more aggressive clean energy strategy that is transforming how we generate power, improve our energy infrastructure, and support our customers. Foundational to our efforts are safety, operational excellence, and a diverse and inclusive workforce.
This proxy statement contains information about our Board’s oversight of Duke Energy’s strategy, performance, and risks, as well as our ESG practices. It also describes the outreach we have had in the past year with you – our fellow shareholders – and how that feedback has influenced the work that we are doing at Duke Energy.
Annual Meeting Details
This year's Annual Meeting will once again be held exclusively via live webcast. This will be the fourth year we have held our Annual Meeting via live webcast. The online format has successfully expanded our ability to connect with shareholders from all over the world while still providing you the same opportunities to vote and ask questions that you would have had at an in-person meeting, including by submitting questions in writing in advance of the Annual Meeting on our pre-meeting forum at proxyvote.com. An audio broadcast of the Annual Meeting will also be available by phone toll-free at 866.548.4713, confirmation code 7210509. Details regarding how to participate in the Annual Meeting via live webcast, as well as the items to be voted on, are described in the accompanying Notice of Annual Meeting of Shareholders, ''Rules of Conduct for the Annual Meeting'' on page 1 of the Proxy Summary, and in the ''Frequently Asked Questions and Answers About the Annual Meeting'' on page 78 of this proxy statement.
Please review this proxy statement prior to casting your vote as it contains important information relating to the business of the Annual Meeting. Page 79 contains instructions on how you can vote your shares online, by phone, or by mail. We encourage you to vote and share your feedback with us, and hope you can participate in the Annual Meeting.
Thank you for your continued investment in Duke Energy.
Lynn J. Good
Chair, President and CEO
Annual Meeting of Shareholders
Duke Energy's 2021 Annual Meeting of Shareholders will be held: