University of South Carolina

Duke Energy exec to address challenges of communicating climate change

By Peggy Binette,, 803-777-5400

Whether you believe recent reports that we’re heading for another ice age or that Florida will be under water in the decades to come – the conversation between politicians, scientists and the public around climate change is as hot as ever.

In the middle of this debate is John Stowell, vice president of energy and environmental policy at Duke Energy. On Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 6 and 7, Stowell will be at the University of South Carolina to discuss Duke Energy’s leadership role in the energy policy debate and the impact that regulations have had on operations of the company.

His talk, titled “Communicating Climate Change: Politics, Passion and a Dash of Science,” will take place from 12:40 – 1:40 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 7, in the School of Law auditorium. It is free and open to the public.

Stowell says Duke Energy is in the midst of one of the company’s largest capital investment campaigns, driven largely by ever-increasing environmental regulations. As customers face rising electric costs, shaping the rules has never been more important, he says.

His visit is part of USC and Duke Energy’s Executive-in-Residence Program, which is bringing to campus some of Duke Energy’s top leaders from the fields of energy and environmental policy, economic development, power distribution and delivery, communications and government and regulatory affairs.

Launched last fall, the program is giving students, faculty and business leaders an expanded understanding of the complexities of leadership and sustainability and is part of a larger leadership initiative at USC.

"We're very pleased about how the Duke Energy series has advanced the university's goals of promoting leadership development among all our students," said Kevin Elliott, director of the Carolina Leadership Initiative. "By bringing a variety of different executives to campus to talk with students from multiple colleges, we are showing students in many different fields how they can make a positive difference in whatever career they pursue."

Stowell, who began his career as a government reporter in Indiana, has worked in the energy industry for more than 25 years, primarily in federal and legislative affairs. He began with PSI Energy in 1986 and, after the merger of PSI Energy and Cincinnati Gas & Electric Company in 1994, he relocated to Cinergy’s corporate headquarters in Cincinnati. He joined Duke Energy in April 2006 to lead the development of the company’s federal policies and programs related to climate change, renewable, environmental technologies, mercury, water and solid waste.

His visit to USC is being hosted by the School of Law.


About Duke Energy Carolinas

Duke Energy Carolinas owns nuclear, coal-fired, natural gas and hydroelectric generation. That diverse fuel mix provides approximately 19,000 megawatts of owned electric capacity to approximately 2.4 million customers in a 24,000-square-mile service area of North Carolina and South Carolina.

Duke Energy is one of the largest electric power holding companies in the United States. Its regulated utility operations serve approximately 4 million customers located in five states in the Southeast and Midwest, representing a population of approximately 12 million people. Its commercial power and international business segments own and operate diverse power generation assets in North America and Latin America, including a growing portfolio of renewable energy assets in the United States. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 500 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available on the Internet at:

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Posted: 02/01/12 @ 4:00 PM | Updated: 02/02/12 @ 3:03 PM | Permalink