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Forbes recognizes Duke Energy CEO as one of World’s 100 Most Powerful Women

Lynn Good, CEO of Duke Energy
Lynn Good, CEO of Duke Energy ogaines@charlotteobserver.com

Lynn Good, CEO of Charlotte-based Duke Energy, has landed a spot on the list of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women by Forbes.

Good, 57, ranked No. 85 on the 2016 list. She assumed the top spot at the local utility in July 2013, soon after Duke merged with former rival Progress Energy. Before becoming CEO, Good served as Duke’s chief financial officer.

In her tenure, Good has been dealing with the fallout from a February 2014 accident that spilled 39,000 tons of coal ash into the Dan River. Duke has also said it’s making coal a decreasing part of its energy mix. The utility has invested $4 billion in solar energy so far and will invest another $3 billion over the next five years.

In October last year, Duke Energy announced plans to buy Piedmont Natural Gas, an effort to add another resource that fuels a growing amount of Duke’s energy. Duke has said the deal is expected to close by the end of 2016. Good will head the newly combined company.

In 2014, Good received the 2013 BusinessWoman of the Year award from Queens University of Charlotte.

Also on Forbes’ 2016 list of Most Powerful Women was Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen and philanthropist Melinda Gates, among others.

Katherine Peralta: 704-358-5079, @katieperalta

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