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Government and Community Relations Manager
We've spent almost $10 million dollars and we still have about another $10 million," explained Lisa Parrish, Duke Energy's Government and Community Relations Manager.
At the East Lincoln Christian Ministry, from left, Judy Gibson, Laura Moore and Courtenay Smith accept a donation from Duke Energy's Lisa Parrish from the Share the Warmth program. Bruce Dunbridge/Denver Weekly photo
At the East Lincoln Christian Ministry, from left, Judy Gibson, Laura Moore and Courtenay Smith accept a donation from Duke Energy's Lisa Parrish from the Share the Warmth program. Lisa Parrish, Duke Energy community relations manager, said the goal is to "provide customers with assistance for utility bills that are a reflection of heating and cooling needs."
There are no jobs open for their positions at the Allen Plant right now, but Stein said several of his employees plan to retire at the end of the year - a trend in the industry, said Lisa Parrish with Duke Energy.
The internship program looks out for the future of young people and the company, Parrish said. "There's going to be a significant demand for talent in the next 10 years," she said. Seasoned employees bring knowledge and experience, but there's something to be said for adding newbies to the mix, Parrish said. "These interns are reliable, eager and enthusiastic," she said. Enthusiastic interns can make powerful workers, whether at the Allen plant or another location in North Carolina. "There's always a place for good employees at our plants," Parrish said.
Lisa Parrish, a spokeswoman for Duke Energy, explained that the program - now in its 12th year - not only prepares students for careers in the energy industry but also assists them financially through the paid internships and scholarships to help them complete their college courses.
In recent years, the program has formed a solid bond with Richmond Community College and its commitment to offering more programs to prepare graduates for jobs in this field. "Yes, these are paid internships," Parrish said. An intern's first job is not necessarily his or her ultimate destination with Duke Energy, Parrish said. "We do like to give them opportunities to work at several jobs within the complex," she said. Parrish said the number of students successfully completing the program in this division is significant. "From this area we've had 10 students enter the program since 2009," she said.
Duke Energy spokeswoman Lisa Parrish said DEP and its sister utilities have built six gas-fired units over the last five years.
"All have come in under budget," she said. "As we begin to build two new natural [gas-fired] facilities in the Carolinas, we will take advantage of efficiencies and best practices we've learned." Parrish said the project costs include associated transmission improvements, which makes apples-to-apples cost comparisons difficult. "[N]o two natural gas plant sites are alike. One natural gas facility might require 10 miles of transmission lines while another requires 50. One plant might require a natural gas pipeline upgrade while the other only needs minor improvements," she said. Parrish said the utility "continues to estimate the cost of building the Asheville plant as we better define the scope of the project."