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Duke Energy executive to speak at Florence Chamber luncheon

October 26, 2017

FLORENCE, S.C. — The Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce has announced that Lynn Good, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Duke Energy, will be the keynote speaker at its 2017 Fall Membership Luncheon on Nov. 15 at the Florence Civic Center.

Fortune magazine lists Good as 11th among the “Most Powerful Women in Business” and Forbes magazine calls her one of “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women.” In 2016, she became the first regulated utility CEO designated as a LinkedIn Influencer – an online thought-leadership program.

Before becoming CEO in 2013, she served as Duke Energy’s chief financial officer, and earlier led the company’s commercial energy businesses during its initial development of renewable energy projects. She began her utility career in 2003 with Cincinnati-based Cinergy, which merged with Duke Energy three years later. Prior to 2003, she was a partner at two international accounting firms

Michael Miller, president of the Greater Florence Chamber, said the chamber is delighted to have Good address the annual membership luncheon group.

“If you are in business today, it would be smart to hear what energy companies are planning in future resources and customer service options,” Miller said. “Every business, large and small, is dependent on energy, so her message is important to our area’s business growth.”

Under Good’s leadership, Duke Energy has embraced new technologies and forward-thinking strategies that strengthen the company’s environmental stewardship. In addition to developing solutions for managing coal ash, Duke Energy has increased its investment in solar and wind facilities to $4 billion, and the company has become a top-10 U.S. wind power producer.

In 2015, more than 40 percent of the company’s delivered energy was produced from carbon-free sources. Duke Energy was named as one of the “Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations” by Corporate Knights, while Newsweek listed it as one of “America’s Greenest Companies.”

During the luncheon, the chamber also presents the Business Person of the Year Award, sponsored by Wells Fargo. The program will begin promptly at noon and is open to all local businesses and sponsored by area financial intuitions. Tickets are available at $30 each by calling 843-665-0515.