Duke Energy appoints new VP of federal government affairs, strategic policy

Duke Energy has appointed Louis Renjel as its new vice president of federal government affairs and strategic policy, overseeing federal affairs; Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and gas policy; environmental and energy policy; and sustainability initiatives.

Renjel will be based in Washington, D.C. and report to Julie Janson, Duke Energy executive vice president and chief legal officer.

Renjel joins Duke Energy from Jacksonville, Florida-based transportation company CSX Corp., where he has served as vice president of strategic infrastructure and delivered critical infrastructure, growth and productivity initiatives through public sector engagement, since 2009.

Prior to that position, he served as director of environmental and government affairs at CSX from 2006 to 2008, and director of government relations at Indiana-based Cummins, Inc., from 2003 to 2006.

“Louis Renjel brings to Duke Energy extensive experience working in both the private and public sectors, coupled with a demonstrated ability to advance policies important to his company and its customers,” said Janson.

Renjel’s public sector experience includes positions as deputy staff director for the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, legislative assistant to U.S. Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma, and staff member on the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce.

He has a master of business administration degree from Duke University, a master’s degree in environmental science from Johns Hopkins University, and a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from Randolph-Macon College.

Renjel replaces Cari Boyce, vice president of policy, sustainability and stakeholder strategy, who has led the federal affairs team on an interim basis since August 2016 and will move into a new role at Duke Energy.

Renjel’s appointment is effective March 20, 2017.

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