Duke Energy donates $50,000 to county agencies to buy fans during excessive heat wave

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  • 10 county agencies to receive funds to purchase fans in their areas

CINCINNATI – Temperatures in the Greater Cincinnati region are forecast to be above average through the weekend and Duke Energy is working with local agencies to distribute much-needed relief for area residents.

The Duke Energy Foundation is donating $50,000 to 10 local counties in Ohio and Kentucky to assist in purchasing and distributing fans for heat relief to elderly and low-income customers as the temperatures soar into the mid-90s throughout the weekend. Some of these organizations already have fan distribution programs underway this summer but have confirmed the need for more assistance.

“This week will be extremely hot, and we know everyone is feeling the impact,” said Amy Spiller, president, Duke Energy Ohio and Kentucky. “We are providing these grants to help agencies buy fans because we know a simple tool can go a long way in helping our customers feel relief. We couldn’t do this without our amazing local agencies who help us reach our customers where we live and work in southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky."

Duke Energy lead meteorologist Max Thompson says overall July has been “slightly cooler than average, similar to June. However, a hot pattern will build across the Central U.S. through early August allowing for brief pulses of highs in the 90s across the Ohio Valley.”

Participating Agencies


  • Hamilton County – St. Vincent de Paul, 513.421.0602
  • Butler County – SELF (Supports to Encourage Low-Income Families), 513.868.9300
  • Warren County – Warren County Community Services, 513.970.6737
  • Clermont County – Clermont County Community Services, 513.732.2277 Ext. 3
  • Brown County – Adams/Brown Community Economic Opportunities Inc., 937.378.6041


  • Kenton, Boone, Campbell, Pendleton, Grant counties – Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission, 859.581.6607

High temperatures bring higher usage for customers, which can translate into higher bills. But a few smart, simple tips can help energy users take control of their bill and save money. Check out these easy tips for how to stay cool this summer and reduce your energy usage during warm weather.

Financial Assistance

There are a number of financial options available to qualifying customers for those experiencing economic hardship to pay for utility expenses. For information on whom to contact in your area, here is a link to our financial assistance programs.

Duke Energy Foundation

The Duke Energy Foundation provides more than $30 million annually in philanthropic support to meet the needs of communities where Duke Energy customers live and work. The foundation is funded by Duke Energy shareholders.

Duke Energy Ohio and Kentucky

Duke Energy Ohio/Kentucky, a subsidiary of Duke Energy, provides electric service to 900,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in a 3,000-square-mile service area, and natural gas service to 550,000 customers in a 2,650-square-mile service area, in Ohio and Kentucky.

Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), a Fortune 150 company headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., is one of America’s largest energy holding companies. Its electric utilities serve 8.2 million customers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky, and collectively own 50,000 megawatts of energy capacity. Its natural gas unit serves 1.6 million customers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio and Kentucky. The company employs 27,600 people.

Duke Energy is executing an aggressive clean energy transition to achieve its goals of net-zero methane emissions from its natural gas business by 2030 and net-zero carbon emissions from electricity generation by 2050. The company has interim carbon emission targets of at least 50% reduction from electric generation by 2030, 50% for Scope 2 and certain Scope 3 upstream and downstream emissions by 2035, and 80% from electric generation by 2040. In addition, the company is investing in major electric grid enhancements and energy storage, and exploring zero-emission power generation technologies such as hydrogen and advanced nuclear. 

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