By Ben Bradford
Duke Energy hosted its annual shareholder meeting in Uptown Thursday, one day before the company releases its first quarter earnings report. CEO Jim Rogers pronounced the company healthy and profitable, but the meeting was also a rare opportunity to berate the CEO.
A few dozen protestors stood in front of the building as people walked in the door.
Inside, CEO Jim Rogers took questions from the audience for nearly two hours. Many of the protesting organizations have acquired token shares to attend the meeting. Questioners included the executive director of Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League, Greenpeace, Cleanwater for Carolina, and Jim Warren from NC WARN.
“Yeah, you’re doing a lot more wind and solar, but 90 percent or more of it is not in the Carolinas or any of your monopoly states, let’s be clear about that,” Warren told Rogers.