Duke Energy CEO: Cyber-threats grow; EPA lawsuit clarifying

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

CARY, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy Corp. CEO Lynn Good says the volume of cyberattacks on the country's largest electric company is astounding, and much of it is coming from computer hackers backed by foreign governments.

Good said in an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday that the company is hardening online defenses. She says Duke Energy also is focusing on quickly restoring power if the flow to any of its 7.2 million customers is switched off by malicious outsiders.

Good also said the efforts of conservatives and coal-industry supporters to block President Barack Obama's effort to curb greenhouse gas emissions should lead to a final court decision in a couple of years. Good said that would be a quick resolution of the Clean Power Plan's future and give utilities certainty.