Duke Energy recently issued the 10th edition of its Sustainability Report, which has the company increasing its renewable energy growth goal for 2020 to 8,000 megawatts, a 33 percent increase from the company’s 2013 projected goal of 6,000 megawatts.
“Duke Energy is accelerating the pace of our renewable energy program allowing us to increase our goal for wind, solar and biomass on our system,” Cari Boyce, Duke's vice president for policy, sustainability and stakeholder strategy, said. “Renewable energy will continue to be a growing part of our generation mix in the future.”
The company’s renewable-energy profile will include wind, solar and biomass energy; and as of 2015, the company already owns or purchases approximately 4,000 megawatts from these sources combined, with 49 percent wind, 39 percent solar and 12 percent biomass.
Other sustainability highlights contained in the report include figures that show the company’s carbon-dioxide emissions have fallen by 28 percent over the past decade and a full 6 percent since 2014. The company also has supplied 70 million energy-efficient lighting products for its customers at a discounted rate since 2009.