EPRI Names Jim Turner of Duke Energy as board chair

Palo Alto, Calif., April 7, 2010 — The Board of Directors at the Electric Power Research Institute named L. Jim Turner board chair.

“We are extremely fortunate to have a person of Jim’s caliber lead our board over the next year,” said EPRI president and CEO Steve Specker. “His wide experience in key aspects of utility operations and his vision that technology evolution is critical to address the challenges faced by the industry, make him ideally suited for this role.”

In his role at Duke, Turner has overall profit and loss responsibility for the regulated business segment, the company’s largest. He is responsible for the state presidents’ organizations for Duke Energy North Carolina, Duke Energy South Carolina, Duke Energy Ohio, Duke Energy Kentucky and Duke Energy Indiana.

He also directly oversees power delivery, gas distribution, customer service, fuel and portfolio optimization, wholesale business, new generation projects and environmental health and safety.

Prior to the merger of Duke Energy and Cinergy, Turner served as president of Cinergy. Before that, he was the company’s chief financial officer. He also served as chief executive officer for Cinergy’s regulated business unit.

EPRI was established in 1973 as a non-profit center for public interest energy and environmental research. Its collaborative science and technology research programs spans environment, generation and delivery and end-use.

EPRI conducts research and development relating to the generation, delivery and use of electricity for the benefit of the public. EPRI’s members represent more than 90 percent of the electricity generated and delivered in the U.S., and international participation extends to 40 countries.

Duke Energy generates and delivers electricity to about 4 million customers in the Carolinas and the Midwest. Its commercial power and international businesses operate diverse power generation assets in North America and Latin America, including a growing renewable energy portfolio.

 

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