Duke Energy recognizes outstanding economic development efforts in Greater Cincinnati region

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CINCINNATI – Duke Energy is recognizing two communities as well as two of its employees who continually support growth and economic development efforts in the region.

These inaugural awards will be presented annually in the company’s Ohio and Kentucky service territory.

Since 2020, Duke Energy Ohio and Kentucky have created 4,436 jobs and $3.06 billion in capital investment in the region. This year, they have processed approximately 128 project requests for information from entities considering relocating to the area. Of these requests, over 300 individual site reviews were also requested, requiring large amounts of research and data to be compiled.

“Economic development is so critically important to bringing capital investment and jobs to our communities,” said Amy Spiller, president of Duke Energy Ohio and Kentucky. “We could not be successful without our community partners, dedicated teammates and local organizations like REDI and BE NKY Growth Partnership.”

  • The village of Mount Orab/Brown County received the Partner Achievement Award, which is based on the number of requests for information for projects interested in locating in the region and ongoing partnership and commitment to furthering economic development within the community.
  • The city of Trenton was awarded the Visionary Achievement Award based on proactive consideration and partnership with Duke Energy for economic development for new and existing sites. 

“We applaud the well-deserving communities and individuals for their efforts to help support economic development in our region and appreciate Duke Energy’s recognition of the award recipients,” said Kimm Lauterbach, president and CEO, REDI Cincinnati.

Additionally, the company recognized two of its employees for their continuous efforts to assist and support economic development requests, which require in-depth and thoughtful engineering. Energizing Economic Development Awards were given to:

  • Jeff Turner, Duke Energy Transmission Planner
  • Chuck Rust, Duke Energy Natural Gas Planner

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. 

Duke Energy was named to Fortune’s 2023 “World’s Most Admired Companies” list and Forbes’ “World’s Best Employers” list. More information is available at duke-energy.com. The Duke Energy News Center contains news releases, fact sheets, photos and videos. Duke Energy’s illumination features stories about people, innovations, community topics and environmental issues. Follow Duke Energy on TwitterLinkedInInstagram and Facebook.

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