The environmental activist group flew a banner around the Charlotte energy giant’s headquarters in uptown Monday with a message for Good.
It was a to-do list that read:
Duke Energy CEO’s 1st Day:
• Key to the executive restroom
• Quit coal & nukes
• Go solar
Only the first item on the list had a checkmark next to it.
“Fresh leadership provides an opportunity to reevaluate your strategy and chart a new path,” said Phil Radford, executive director of Greenpeace in a statement about the banner. “Greenpeace congratulates Ms. Good on her new role, and welcomes an early opportunity to work with her to chart a course for Duke Energy to become both the largest and the cleanest electric utility in the U.S.”
Good, along with her predecessor Jim Rogers, has been the face of Duke (NYSE: DUK) to Wall Street. She has run several divisions at Duke, including its commercial businesses, which include its South American and renewable-energy operations.
Greenpeace’s plane message to Good follows other actions by the organization, which often turns to the theatrical and humorous to get attention. In the past, Greenpeace has flown anti-Duke messages by airship, staged protests outside the public company’s shareholder meetings and have had activists arrested in acts of civil disobedience during a demonstration against rate hikes.
Duke and Greenpeace are currently at legal odds with each other. Duke Energy Carolinas wants N.C. regulators to prevent Greenpeace from raising issues about its Cliffside coal plant, the Dan River natural gas plant and Duke’s future use of renewables in the rate hearing before the N.C. Utilities Commission.