Duke Energy donates nearly $35,000 to community and environmental programs in Oklahoma

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Duke Energy Foundation has awarded nearly $35,000 in grants through its Duke Energy Renewables fund to schools, community enrichment programs and wildlife rescue organizations in Kay County, Washington County and Payne County, Okla.

“These grants provide support to programs and organizations that are enhancing community resources, education and protecting local wildlife,” said Chris Fallon, president of Duke Energy Renewables. “We value our community partners knowing that our contributions are helping improve community resources and services for years to come.”

Duke Energy Renewables grants were awarded to:

  • City of Newkirk / Newkirk Youth Program – upgraded community athletic field; $2,860
  • Kildare Public Schools – upgraded student classroom with smart board technology; $3,149
  • Newkirk Public Schools – upgraded student classroom with smart board technology; $3,149
  • Marland’s Place: Foster Family Services / Ponca City – to support toy drive; $1,500
  • Nature’s Vein Wildlife Rescue – expansion of animal rescue enclosure; $10,000
  • Sutton Avian Research Center – community education and eagle wildlife reserve camera; $12,500
  • Newkirk FFA and 4-H Boosters program – resources for youth agricultural program; $1,000

“Duke Energy Renewables has been a great partner to the Newkirk community and the surrounding counties,” said Jason Shanks, Kay County commissioner. “On top of the economic development that their wind operations generate for the area, the individual contributions they have made to support our schools, little league, youth programs and community services have played an important part in improving our resources for our citizens.”

Kay County is home to Duke Energy Renewables’ Frontier and Frontier II Windpower projects, which total 550 MW of renewable energy.

Duke Energy Foundation

The Duke Energy Foundation provides philanthropic support to meet the needs of communities where Duke Energy customers live and work. The Foundation contributes more than $30 million annually in charitable gifts and is funded by Duke Energy shareholder dollars. More information about the Foundation and its Powerful Communities program can be found at duke-energy.com/foundation.

Duke Energy Renewables

Duke Energy Renewables, a unit of Duke Energy Corporation, operates wind and solar generation facilities across the U.S., with a total electric capacity of nearly 4,000 megawatts of nonregulated renewable energy. The power is sold to electric utilities, electric cooperatives, municipalities, and commercial and industrial customers. The unit also operates energy storage and microgrid projects. Visit Duke Energy Renewables for more information. Duke Energy Corporation is one of the nation's top renewable energy providers, on track to operate or purchase 16,000 megawatts of renewable energy capacity – nonregulated and regulated combined – by 2025.

Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) is a Fortune 150 company – and one of the largest energy holding companies in the U.S. – headquartered in Charlotte, N.C. It employs 29,000 people and has an electric generating capacity of 51,000 megawatts through its regulated utilities, in addition to Duke Energy Renewables’ nonregulated capacity.

Duke Energy was named to Fortune’s 2020 “World’s Most Admired Companies” list and Forbes’ “America’s Best Employers” list. More information about the company is available at duke-energy.com. The Duke Energy News Center contains news releases, fact sheets, photos, videos and other materials. Duke Energy’s illumination features stories about people, innovations, community topics and environmental issues. Follow Duke Energy on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Facebook.

Media contact: Jennifer Garber