Williams v. Duke Energy

Class Benefit Fund Frequently Asked Questions

General Information

2.       Is this Duke Ohio Service Territory map accurate? For both residential and non-residential territory? Or is there a more detailed or more accurate map accessible?

The Duke Ohio service territory is the same for both residential and non-residential customers. It is difficult to get a more accurate map for those counties which are only partially in the Duke Ohio territory. In addition to the map referenced above, it may be useful to look at the Duke territory outage map found here: http://outagemap.duke-energy.com/ohky/default.html. Of course, this map includes areas not covered by the Class Action Benefit Fund, i.e., parts of northern Kentucky. But it may give you a better sense of what portions of those partial counties are included. More precise mapping can only be accomplished using actual customer addresses; that use of information is covered by Duke’s privacy policy and cannot be distributed publicly. When your program starts, you will be able to determine individual eligibility for participants.

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3.       How is the funding provided when organizations collaborate? Do both organizations receive their own funds for their part of the program?

In order to establish clear lines of accountability in a collaborative effort, there should be a lead organization so that payments can be made from the Fund to a single entity for each funded project. If there is some serious problem with that approach for a specific project, it should be outlined in submitted materials and the Class Benefit Fund Board will consider making an exception.

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4.       I have 10 different energy efficiency projects that I am working on for my clients. Can I fill out the application for them with a copy of my proposal and cost?

As explained at the Bidders Conference, the Class Benefit Fund will not make payments to individuals. Each application to the Class Benefit Fund should be submitted by the entity which will be responsible for the funds and to which payments will be made. It is possible for an entity to submit a Letter Of Interest that bundles together a number of pre-identified projects. All applications through the Letter Of Interest and, if requested, through full proposal will be judged based upon the criteria discussed at the Bidders Conference.

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5.       Some street lights are owned by Duke but the electricity bills for those streetlights are paid by Class Members. Can the fund participate in a program to convert those streetlights to LEDs?

No. After reviewing your question, we have determined that such an expenditure of funds is outside the terms of the settlement agreement approved by the US District Court. Class Benefit Funds cannot be used to acquire or improve Duke Energy property. In addition, we believe it would be very difficult to determine what portion of the electricity bills are actually paid for by class members.

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6.       Can the CBF Board post or share the feedback coming from the Class?

Yes. Class members were given the opportunity to respond to an on-line survey. In it, they were presented with a number of possible program focus areas and asked to rank possible inclusion on a strongly agree to strongly disagree scale. Please note that the survey was in no way a scientifically valid instrument but it does provide some indication of class member views. The results are posted here.

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7.       Does the character limit for the LOI include spaces?

No, it does not. Using the Word document LOI, the word count feature in Tools should give you a character count both with and without spaces.

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