Welcome to the Duke Energy Annual Meeting of Shareholders
March 21, 2022
Dear Fellow Shareholders:
I am pleased to invite you to Duke Energy’s Annual Meeting to be held on Thursday, May 5, 2022, at 1:00 p.m. Eastern time. We look forward to updating you at the Annual Meeting on our strategy and areas of focus and progress in 2021, as well as plans for the future of Duke Energy.
We have made progress over the past year on our path to reach our goals to achieve at least 50% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2030 from electricity generation and net-zero CO2 emissions by 2050 from electricity generation, as well as the goal of our natural gas local distribution business to reach net-zero methane emissions by 2030. In addition, earlier this year we announced the expansion of our net-zero by 2050 goal to include Scope 2 emissions and certain Scope 3 emissions. We also announced a goal to exit coal generation by 2035, subject to regulatory approvals. The progress we made in 2021 on our climate strategy and further details on our goals are discussed in this proxy statement.
We also improved and streamlined our internal governance, including committee structures and policies, so that we can accelerate strategic decision-making, translate our long-term climate strategy into near-term goals and accountabilities, and deploy people and resources to deliver on priority items.
In addition to this progress on our climate-related goals, we delivered adjusted earnings in the top half of our 2021 earnings guidance range and continued our dividend commitment for the 95th consecutive year.
The path forward for our Company has a clear destination: achieve net-zero carbon emissions from electricity generation by 2050. Foundational to our strategy execution efforts are safety, operational excellence, and a diverse and inclusive workforce.
This proxy statement contains information about our Board’s oversight of Duke Energy’s strategy, performance, and risks, as well as our ESG practices. It also describes the outreach we had in the past year with you – our fellow shareholders – and how that feedback has influenced the work that we are doing at Duke Energy.
Annual Meeting Details
This year’s Annual Meeting will once again be held exclusively via live webcast. The online format has successfully expanded our ability to connect with shareholders from all over the world while still providing you the same opportunities to vote and ask questions that you would have had at an in-person meeting, including by submitting questions in writing in advance of the Annual Meeting on our pre-meeting forum at proxyvote.com. An audio broadcast of the Annual Meeting will also be available by phone toll-free at 800.289.0720, confirmation code 6176182. Details regarding how to participate in the Annual Meeting via live webcast, as well as the items to be voted on, are described in the accompanying Notice of Annual Meeting of Shareholders, “Rules of Conduct for the Annual Meeting” on page 1 of the Proxy Summary, and in the “Frequently Asked Questions and Answers About the Annual Meeting” on page 76 of this proxy statement.
Please review this proxy statement prior to voting as it contains important information relating to the business of the Annual Meeting. Page 77 contains instructions on how you can vote your shares online, by phone, or by mail. We encourage you to vote and share your feedback with us, and hope you can participate in the Annual Meeting.
Thank you for your continued investment in Duke Energy.
Lynn J. Good
Chair, President and CEO
Annual Meeting of Shareholders
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