Duke Energy Cites EV Focus Among New Appointments

Duke Energy has announced a string of executive appointments focused on strengthening the company’s regulatory and economic development initiatives, including a focus on electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure.

Duke Energy’s current South Carolina state president, Clark Gillespy, will become senior vice president of economic development, a newly created role, leading an enterprise-wide economic development team that will seek to identify and attract new and expanding industries to Duke Energy’s service areas. Notably, Gillespy will lead the company’s efforts to promote wider adoption of new and emerging grid-enabled technologies, including EV charging infrastructure.

In addition, the company notes the following leadership changes:

Duke Energy’s current Florida state president, Alex Glenn, will become senior vice president of state and federal regulatory legal support, working to advance rate and regulatory initiatives and to update regulatory models.

Kodwo Ghartey-Tagoe, currently senior vice president of state and federal regulatory legal support, will succeed Gillespy as South Carolina state president, managing state and local regulatory and government relations and community affairs.

Harry Sideris, currently senior vice president of environmental health and safety, will succeed Glenn as Florida state president, managing state and local regulatory and government relations and community affairs.

Paul Draovitch, currently senior vice president for fossil-hydro operations, will succeed Sideris as senior vice president of environmental health and safety, where he will be responsible for developing and advancing policies, programs and strategies to ensure Duke Energy’s compliance with environmental, health and safety laws and regulations.

The appointments will have varying effective dates between now and year-end.

As previously reported, Duke Energy announced its EV Charging Infrastructure Support Project back in July that will boost the number of public EV charging stations in North Carolina by 30%, providing $1 million to develop EV charging stations for city residents and providing $500,000 to build electric bus charging stations for transit agencies.

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