Statement issued Tuesday:
Duke Energy places the highest value on the trust we’ve earned from our customers, communities and elected officials. We work hard each day to reinforce that trust, so when there are public concerns, we take those issues very seriously.
There have been concerns raised about our hiring of an attorney Scott Storms to fill an opening in Duke Energy Indiana’s legal-regulatory department. Mr. Storms was formerly employed by the IURC.
Duke Energy Indiana hired Mr. Storms after receiving a formal opinion from the Indiana Ethics Commission clearing him to work at Duke Energy with certain limitations that we have complied with and gone beyond. Nevertheless, because of the recent announcement by Indiana’s Governor’s Office regarding this matter, we have launched our own internal review to thoroughly examine those questions. During this review, we’ve placed Mr. Storms and Mike Reed, President - Duke Energy Indiana, on administrative leave pending the completion of a full evaluation.
Today, Indiana’s Governor’s Office also announced a review by Indiana’s Inspector General as well as an Indiana Regulatory Commission review of recent Duke Energy decisions before the commission. We will cooperate fully with all these steps.
We value the trust our customers and communities have in us, and we’re committed to doing all that we can to maintain their confidence.
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