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Duquesne Light Company plays an important role in the energy transition in southwestern Pennsylvania

KEVIN WALKER, PRESIDENT AND CEO OF DUQUESNE LIGHT HOLDINGS.

Duquesne Light Company (DLC) recently released its 2023 Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Report, which discloses the company's performance across three core areas of its ESG strategy: climate consciousness, powering people, and responsible performance. This is DLC's second annual ESG report and, for the first time, discloses year-over-year performance metrics from a 2022 baseline. The report covers a broad range of topics and addresses risks and opportunities DLC faces as it pursues a clean energy future for all while securing the economic vitality of the Pittsburgh region. These topics include infrastructure reliability, climate resilience, electrification, energy efficiency, access to renewable energy, diversity, equity and inclusion, and innovation.

Cooperation to secure federal and state funds for the benefit of the region

This year's report includes new data on the record federal grants available through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), and other sources that are helping DLC ​​deliver affordable, safe, and reliable energy to its customers while advancing a clean energy future for all. DLC received more than $19.8 million and worked with multiple partners, including local governments, businesses, and nonprofits, to secure more than $43.7 million to support grid modernization, clean and renewable energy, transportation electrification, and community engagement initiatives in the Pittsburgh region.

“This is a pivotal moment for our region and we are proud to serve as a trusted energy partner to help secure and provide financing that will help Southwest Pennsylvania provide energy for future generations,” Kevin Walker, DLC president and CEO, said in a statement to the New Pittsburgh Courier. “A sustainable future is possible when we work together for the benefit of our people, our environment and our communities.”

The new report is designed to demonstrate the company's progress toward its long-term ESG goals set in 2022, with the company remaining on track to meet all targets. Some other highlights of the 2023 report include: Increasing corporate fleet electrification from 8 percent in 2022 to 11 percent in 2023. In 2023, the company added eight more 100 percent electric Ford F-150 Lightnings to its fleet, making DLC's Lightning fleet the largest in southwestern Pennsylvania; Strengthening local communities through charitable giving and volunteerism, including nearly $2 million donated to 464 organizations in 2023 – 86 percent of which are diversely led. DLC employees also participated in 89 community volunteer events and contributed 4,320 volunteer hours; Enabled customers to participate in energy efficiency programs that helped save 100,680 MWh across all customer segments. These actions resulted in a reduction of 78,650 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent, which is equivalent to the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of 15,878 gas-powered passenger vehicles driven for one year or 182,909,597 miles. (From EPA GHG Equivalency Calculator as of December 31, 2023.); Designated as a StormReady Institute by the National Weather Service, highlighting the company as an industry leader in best practices in planning for and responding to severe weather and water events. At the time of recognition, DLC was one of only two electric utilities in the U.S. to receive this designation.

“As an energy provider serving more than 600,000 customers across two counties, including the city of Pittsburgh, we recognize our role as a leader in our region's energy transition,” said Christine Waller, vice president of communications and corporate responsibility at DLC. “We are encouraged by the progress we have made in 2023 and remain committed to advancing our ESG initiatives. Our position as a key service provider and leading regional employer means we have a responsibility to continue to advance these important efforts to better serve our customers and communities.”

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