Duke Energy's Bad Creek Hydro Station wins Conservation Award; Outdoor Classroom recognized

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SALEM, S.C. - Employees at Duke Energy's Bad Creek Pumped Storage Hydroelectric Station are being honored today at the South Carolina Wildlife Federation'’s annual awards banquet for their leadership in conservation and educational programs.

The employees were recognized for their leadership in the Wildlife and Industry Together (WAIT) program, in Trout Unlimited’'s “"Scoutin'’ for Trout,”" and in National Hunting and Fishing Day events.

They were also honored for introducing an educational program at the Bad Creek Outdoor Classroom.

Opened in May of 2012, the Outdoor Classroom, a covered shelter equipped with tables and a white board, is surrounded by two trails, a butterfly garden, a weather station and wildlife feeding stations. There, students can learn about local flora and fauna, as well as how Duke Energy generates electricity through a pumped storage system, using the same water over and over again, making more efficient use of water resources.

Duke Energy employees, retirees and volunteers invested more than 200 hours into the outdoor education facility, meant to help students learn about nature while getting them out of the traditional classroom environment.

For more information about the outdoor classroom, visit http://www.duke-energy.com/visitor-centers/bad-creek-outdoor-classroom.asp

Pictures are available for download on Flickr at http://www.flickr.com/photos/dukeenergy/sets/72157632660776375/

Duke Energy Carolinas owns nuclear, coal-fired, natural gas and hydroelectric generation. That diverse fuel mix provides approximately 19,500 megawatts of owned electric capacity to approximately 2.4 million customers in a 24,000-square-mile service area of North Carolina and South Carolina.

Duke Energy is the largest electric power holding company in the United States with more than $100 billion in total assets. Its regulated utility operations serve approximately 7.1 million electric customers located in six states in the Southeast and Midwest. Its commercial power and international business segments own and operate diverse power generation assets in North America and Latin America, including a growing portfolio of renewable energy assets in the United States.

Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 250 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available at: www.duke-energy.com.