Duke Energy, based in Charlotte, North Carolina, is one of the largest electric utilities in the United States and the company emits more carbon pollution than any other utility. (1) Duke also ranked second in fossil fuel generation and coal-fired generation in 2016. The majority of Duke’s business is in regulated, monopoly utilities in six states: North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky. Duke’s fossil- and nuclear-dominated strategy have led to a series of scandals in recent years both for its customers and the environment.
(1) Based on Duke’s self-reported 2017 carbon dioxide equivalent emissions, as compared to self-reported emissions by other large U.S. utilities.