More than $14.5 million to Share the Light Fund® to help low-income customers with bill pay assistance
Over $40.4 million invested in energy efficiency programs
Launching new program to assist seniors with critical home repairs
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Duke Energy and its Foundation are marking the milestone of investing more than $70 million since the beginning of 2021 to support nonprofits and other programs dedicated to help those in need. The funding, which has been growing each year, focuses on three areas: current and new affordability-focused Foundation grants, bill pay assistance for low-income customers and energy efficiency programs.
“Affordability continues to be top of mind for us as our customers and communities continue to feel financial strain from the rising cost of basic needs, like food,” said Amy Strecker, president, Duke Energy Foundation.
“Continuing to listen to our neighbors about their needs is critical to how we show up in our local communities. With seniors struggling to safely age in place and making impossible decisions between critical home repairs and basic needs, our partnership with Rebuilding Together enables us to address this need by funding repairs and providing volunteers to work alongside licensed experts.”
Critical home repairs for seniors
This year, the Duke Energy Foundation expanded its affordability focus to include critical home repairs coupled with employee volunteerism for seniors. Providing home repairs helps to enable seniors to better afford other basic needs, including food, medical care and utilities. The $356,000 in 2023 Foundation giving is focused across its jurisdictions. Duke Energy employees will also volunteer more than 1,300 hours, alongside organizations like Rebuilding Together, to help provide improvements to senior homes.
Rebuilding Together is the leading national nonprofit organization repairing the homes of people in need and revitalizing our communities, with a network of affiliates across the country, and the primary grantee for senior affordability.
“The need for safe and healthy housing for older adults is critical because most of the existing housing stock in the U.S. is not designed to accommodate the physical and cognitive changes a person experiences as they age,” said Caroline Blakely, president and CEO, Rebuilding Together. “With support from the Duke Energy Foundation, we are providing older adults with critical home repairs and safety modifications to help them safely age in place.”
Share the Light Fund
In addition to the grant funding, the company is also providing support for customers through its Share the Light Fund and energy efficiency programs.
Since last year, Duke Energy and its Foundation have committed nearly $14.5 million in the Share the Light Fund, which serves low-income customers with utility bill pay assistance including connection/reconnection charges and deposits to more than 26,000 households annually. Employees, customers and Duke Energy shareholders contribute to these funds. Customers who would like to access funds can visit Share the Light Fund to learn more.
Energy Efficiency Assistance
The company’s customers – from families to factories – have depended on the energy efficiency programs to save both energy and money. Duke Energy is investing more than $40.4 million in these programs including our Neighborhood Energy Saver, Payment Plus, Refrigerator Replacement and Weatherization programs. To learn more about these programs, customers can visit income-qualified services.
Duke Energy will continue to engage with communities to learn how the company can make a positive impact for those it serves.
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 can be found at duke-energy.com/foundation.
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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