DUKE ENERGY CORPORATION

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DUKE ENERGY CORP : Regulation FD Disclosure (form 8-K)

05/16/2022 | 04:22pm EDT

Item 7.01. Regulation FD Disclosure.

On October 13, 2021, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper signed into law legislation ("HB 951") that established a framework overseen by the North Carolina Utilities Commission (the "NCUC") to advance North Carolina CO2 emission reductions from electric generating facilities in the state through the use of least cost planning while providing for continued reliability and affordable rates for customers served by such generation. Among other things, HB 951 directed that the NCUC approve an initial carbon plan by December 31, 2022, taking all reasonable steps to achieve a 70% reduction in CO2 emissions from public utilities' electric generating facilities in the state by 2030 (from 2005 levels) (the "70% reduction") and achieve carbon neutrality from electric generating facilities by 2050. HB 951 also provides flexibility for the NCUC to extend the timeframe to reach a 70% reduction in CO2 emissions, including to allow for implementation of additional wind or new nuclear resources or to maintain the adequacy and reliability of the grid.

On May 16, 2022, Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC ("DEC") and Duke Energy Progress, LLC ("DEP" and, together with DEC, the "Companies") filed a proposed Carbon Plan (the "Proposed Plan") with the NCUC. In keeping with the framework of HB 951, the Proposed Plan presents two pathways consisting of several different portfolios for the consideration of the NCUC. The first pathway in the Proposed Plan, which presents a single portfolio using fewer technology options, would reach a 70% reduction by 2030. The second pathway in the Proposed Plan, which includes three portfolios relying on either off-shore wind or new small modular nuclear resources or both, would achieve a 70% reduction between 2032 and 2034. The three portfolios presented in the second pathway were predicated on the flexibility and discretion provided in HB 951 to determine the optimal timing and generation and resource mix to achieve the least-cost path to compliance with the 70% reduction target. All portfolios plan for the retirement of all remaining coal generation resources by the end of 2035 and include significant expansion of zero-carbon resources, such as renewable technologies including solar, onshore and offshore wind, greater integration of battery and pumped-hydro energy storage, expanded energy efficiency and demand response and the deployment of new zero-emitting load following resources such as new small modular nuclear resources as well as hydrogen solutions in later years to achieve carbon neutrality from electric generating facilities by 2050.

The Companies have requested that the NCUC approve the Companies' Proposed Plan in its entirety, which includes both a defined set of near-term procurement and development activities and four primary portfolios that allow for flexibility over time. The Proposed Plan also requests that the NCUC (1) affirm that the Companies' Carbon Plan modeling across all portfolios is reasonable for planning purposes and presents a reasonable plan for achieving HB 951's authorized CO2 emissions reductions targets in a manner consistent with HB 951's requirements and prudent utility planning, and (2) approve the ability to defer certain development activities. At the time the Carbon Plan is updated in 2024, the Companies will have more refined information that the NCUC can consider in updating the Carbon Plan and making further key decisions regarding resource selections with respect to both the interim and long-term targets.

The NCUC will hold five public hearings in July and August 2022 to seek comments from the general public. An evidentiary hearing, if the NCUC deems one necessary, is scheduled to begin on September 19, 2022. The NCUC is required to finalize its Carbon Plan by December 31, 2022, and the Companies will seek approval from the Public Service Commission of South Carolina in an Integrated Resource Plan filing scheduled for 2023. The Carbon Plan will be reviewed every two years and may be adjusted as necessary.



Forward Looking Statements


This document includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward-looking statements are based on management's beliefs and assumptions and can often be identified by terms and phrases that include "anticipate," "believe," "intend," "estimate," "expect," "continue," "should," "could," "may," "plan," "project," "predict," "will," "potential," "forecast," "target," "guidance," "outlook" or other similar terminology. Various factors may cause actual results to be materially different than the suggested outcomes within forward-looking statements; accordingly, there is no assurance that such results will be realized. These factors include, but are not limited to:

• The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic;

• State, federal and foreign legislative and regulatory initiatives, including

costs of compliance with existing and future environmental requirements,

including those related to climate change, as well as rulings that affect cost

and investment recovery or have an impact on rate structures or market prices;

• The extent and timing of costs and liabilities to comply with federal and

    state laws, regulations and legal requirements related to coal ash
    remediation, including amounts for required closure of certain ash
    impoundments, are uncertain and difficult to estimate;


• The ability to recover eligible costs, including amounts associated with coal

    ash impoundment retirement obligations, asset retirement and construction
    costs related to carbon emissions reductions, and costs related to significant
    weather events, and to earn an adequate return on investment through rate case
    proceedings and the regulatory process;


• The costs of decommissioning nuclear facilities could prove to be more

    extensive than amounts estimated and all costs may not be fully recoverable
    through the regulatory process;


• Costs and effects of legal and administrative proceedings, settlements,

investigations and claims;

• Industrial, commercial and residential growth or decline in service

    territories or customer bases resulting from sustained downturns of the
    economy and the economic health of our service territories or variations in
    customer usage patterns, including energy efficiency efforts, natural gas
    building and appliance electrification, and use of alternative energy sources,
    such as self-generation and distributed generation technologies;


• Federal and state regulations, laws and other efforts designed to promote and

    expand the use of energy efficiency measures, natural gas electrification, and
    distributed generation technologies, such as private solar and battery
    storage, in Duke Energy service territories could result in a reduced number
    of customers, excess generation resources as well as stranded costs;


• Advancements in technology;

• Additional competition in electric and natural gas markets and continued

industry consolidation;

• The influence of weather and other natural phenomena on operations, including

    the economic, operational and other effects of severe storms, hurricanes,
    droughts, earthquakes and tornadoes, including extreme weather associated with
    climate change;


• Changing investor, customer and other stakeholder expectations and demands

    including heightened emphasis on environmental, social and governance
    concerns;


• The ability to successfully operate electric generating facilities and deliver

    electricity to customers including direct or indirect effects to the company
    resulting from an incident that affects the United States electric grid or
    generating resources;


• Operational interruptions to our natural gas distribution and transmission

activities;

• The availability of adequate interstate pipeline transportation capacity and

natural gas supply;

• The impact on facilities and business from a terrorist attack, cybersecurity

    threats, data security breaches, operational accidents, information technology
    failures or other catastrophic events, such as fires, explosions, pandemic
    health events or other similar occurrences;


• The inherent risks associated with the operation of nuclear facilities,

    including environmental, health, safety, regulatory and financial risks,
    including the financial stability of third-party service providers;


• The timing and extent of changes in commodity prices and interest rates and

    the ability to recover such costs through the regulatory process, where
    appropriate, and their impact on liquidity positions and the value of
    underlying assets;


• The results of financing efforts, including the ability to obtain financing on

favorable terms, which can be affected by various factors, including credit

ratings, interest rate fluctuations, compliance with debt covenants and

conditions, an individual utility's generation mix, and general market and

   economic conditions;



• Credit ratings may be different from what is expected;

• Declines in the market prices of equity and fixed-income securities and

    resultant cash funding requirements for defined benefit pension plans, other
    post-retirement benefit plans and nuclear decommissioning trust funds;


• Construction and development risks associated with the completion of the

capital investment projects,including risks related to financing, obtaining and

complying with terms of permits, meeting construction budgets and schedules and

satisfying operating and environmental performance standards, as well as the

ability to recover costs from customers in a timely manner, or at all;

• Changes in rules for regional transmission organizations, including changes in

    rate designs and new and evolving capacity markets, and risks related to
    obligations created by the default of other participants;


• The ability to control operation and maintenance costs;

• The level of creditworthiness of counterparties to transactions;

• The ability to obtain adequate insurance at acceptable costs;

• Employee workforce factors, including the potential inability to attract and

retain key personnel;

• The ability of subsidiaries to pay dividends or distributions to Duke Energy

Corporation holding company;

• The performance of projects undertaken by our nonregulated businesses and the

success of efforts to invest in and develop new opportunities;

• The effect of accounting pronouncements issued periodically by accounting

standard-setting bodies;

• The impact of United States tax legislation to our financial condition,

results of operations or cash flows and our credit ratings;

• The impacts from potential impairments of goodwill or equity method investment

carrying values;

• Asset or business acquisitions and dispositions, including our ability to

    successfully consummate the second closing of the minority investment in Duke
    Energy Indiana, may not yield the anticipated benefits;


• The actions of activist shareholders could disrupt our operations, impact our

    ability to execute on our business strategy, or cause fluctuations in the
    trading price of our common stock; and


• The ability to implement our business strategy, including its carbon emission

   reduction goals.



Additional risks and uncertainties are identified and discussed in the Duke Energy Registrants' reports filed with the SEC and available at the SEC's website at sec.gov. In light of these risks, uncertainties and assumptions, the events described in the forward-looking statements might not occur or might occur to a different extent or at a different time than described. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made and the Duke Energy Registrants expressly disclaim an obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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