Teacher of the year does more than just help budding engineering students prepare for college, debt free
If Deanna Cureton’s students at Charlotte Engineering Early College ever feel overwhelmed by the challenge of becoming the first in their families to graduate from college, they know their teacher can empathize.
Cureton was the first in her family to get a degree.
When Duke Energy’s Jamie Lynton and his wife planted some milkweed in their yard that attracted a few butterflies, it gave him an idea. Why not do this on a larger scale to offer a protected habitat for imperiled monarch butterflies as they migrate south?
He first organized a Duke Energy In Action Teams4Good volunteer event and rounded up co-workers to build the first monarch butterfly “waystation” at Lapping Park in Clarksville, Indiana. Lynton even helped Clarksville secure a $2,500 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation to pay for the plants and supplies.
Renewable energy technologies are advancing and prices are decreasing. Duke Energy is leveraging those advancements to expand its renewable energy portfolio and deliver cleaner energy to its customers.
In total, the company has more than 20 wind projects and 60 solar facilities in operation in over a dozen states, totaling about 3,000 megawatts (MW) of generating capacity.
For wind energy, the company completed two more projects last year – one in Texas and the other in Oklahoma. Duke Energy now harvests the wind in seven states.