The Greenpeace thermal airship A.E. Bates flies over Duke Energy's Marshall coal-fired power plant on Lake Norman. Banners on the airship read "Duke: Don't Raise Rates for Dirty Energy" and "Cleaner is Cheaper." The flight calls attention to Duke Energy's plans to continue using coal, nuclear and other forms of dangerous energy at great public cost.
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Duke Energy hasrevampedits logo. With swooping green and blue bands, the new corporate brand seems intended to invoke thoughts of sustainability. But sadly, Duke Energy has done nothing to change its energy mix.Set to become the largest coal fired utility in the country, Duke relies heavily on a dirty energy cocktail of coal and nuclear energy.
Following itscontroversialmergerwith Progress Energy earlier this year, Duke clearly felt the need to innovate. But innovation doesnt come naturally to Duke its mostrecentannual report shows a plan for a mere 3% renewable energy by 2032.
This is where Duke often falls down, straddling the gaping distance between their rhetoric and reality. Duke CEO Jim Rogers likes to talk about the need to tackle climate change, yet in coming weeks Rogers will be bringing online the countrys newest coal fired power plant atCliffside, North Carolina.
Duke needs to realize that the community expects the largest utility in the country to be a leader. A leader in clean energy, shuttering harmful coal and nuclear plants, and leading the way to a robust clean energy future.Right now, all were getting is greenwashing.