Duke Energy And Progress

Renee Copyright 2012

Let me start this story with a bit of background. I did this post in the past on a pretty, young mother named Ashley Turton. She died in a very questionable way during a merger of Duke Energy and Progress Energy, a huge merger. Now, here we are again with questionable dealings regarding this group.




Progress Energy, headquartered in Raleigh, N.C., is a subsidiary of Duke Energy and until its 2012 merger with that company was a Fortune 500 energy company with more than 21,000 megawatts of generation capacity and $9 billion in annual revenues. Progress Energy includes two major electric utilities that serve approximately 3.1 million customers in the Carolinas and Florida. As an independent company, the last chairman and CEO of Progress Energy was William D. Johnson; his predecessor was Robert McGehee, who died on October 9, 2007 at the age of 64 of a stroke while on a business trip to London.

Progress Energy is the majority owner and operator of the Brunswick, Crystal River 3, Robinson, and Shearon Harris nuclear power plants.

The company’s current slogan is, “People, performance, excellence.”




He has served as deputy general counsel for litigation and enforcement for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC); executive vice president of interstate pipelines for the Enron Gas Pipeline Group; and as a partner in the Washington, D.C., law office of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. Prior to those appointments, Rogers served as assistant to the chief trial counsel at FERC; as a law clerk for the Supreme Court of Kentucky; and as assistant attorney general for the Commonwealth of Kentucky.


19 responses to “Duke Energy And Progress

  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_McGehee
    A native of Vicksburg, Mississippi, McGehee graduated from H.V. Cooper High School in 1961. McGehee earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland in 1966, and a law degree from the University of Texas School of Law in 1972. McGehee graduated from the Nuclear Power School and Submarine School.[citation needed] He served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy on the USS John Marshall (SSBN-611), a nuclear submarine, in various engineering positions.

    [edit] Business careerHe was president and chief executive officer of the Progress Energy Service Company and executive vice president, general counsel of Progress Energy (formerly CP&L).

    McGehee joined CP&L on May 20, 1997, as senior vice president and general counsel. Prior to joining Progress Energy, McGehee was chairman of Wise Carter Child & Caraway, a law firm in Jackson, Mississippi, where he provided legal work for Entergy Corporation, CP&L , the former Houston Lighting & Power Co., and other utility clients. During the 1990s, he also provided significant counsel to U.S. companies on reorganizations, business growth initiatives, preparing for deregulation, and other industry changes.[1]

    McGehee was vice chairman of the Atomic Energy Committee of the American Bar Association. He served on the board of directors of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Institute of Nuclear Power Operators, the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO), Atlanta Center, Nuclear Energy Institute and the Edison Electric Institute. He was also a member of the Florida Council of 100.


    Wise Carter Child & Caraway, a law firm in Jackson, Mississippi, where he provided legal work for Entergy Corporation, CP&L , the former Houston Lighting & Power Co., and other utility clients.

  2. Thanks interesting Redpill…

    • Interesting NAMES too…
      “It’s not a gesture that I would use in the White House when representing our city and our community,” opines Philadelphia Gay News publisher Mark Segal (center), who opted for a sarcastic thumbs-up pose in front of the portrait of George W. Bush over the more vulgar one demonstrated by his Reagan-loathing peers, Matthew “Matty” Hart (left), and self-taught photographer turned toast-of-the-town Zoe Strauss (right).

  3. Ashley Turton was an aide to former congressman Richard A. Gephardt (D-Mo.) before serving as DeLauro’s top staffer and joining Progress. Daniel Turton worked for Gephardt and the House Rules Committee before moving to the White House.

    Gephardt joined the EMBARQ Corporation Board of Directors in June 2007.[24]

    In July 2007, Gephardt endorsed Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign for president, leading some to speculate that he was interested in running for vice president in 2008. DLA Piper become a major donor to Clinton’s campaign, donating about $190,000.[25] Gephardt’s name was mentioned by the media during the summer of 2008 as a possible vice presidential choice for eventual nominee Senator Barack Obama.

    A collection of Gephardt’s congressional documents, dating from 1994 to 2004, was processed from 2006 to 2007 by the Missouri Historical Society for academic use, with a grant through the Institute of Museum and Library Services.[26] In 2005, Washington University in St. Louis inaugurated the Richard A. Gephardt Institute of Public Service, which promotes volunteerism and community activism.

    Since 2007, Gephardt began serving on the advisory board of the Extend Health insurance company, and then became a member of its board of directors. In 2009, Gephardt advised UnitedHealth Group, one of America’s largest private insurers, in waging a strong campaign against a public option for national health care.[27]

    Gephardt has also been significantly involved with the pharmaceutical industry. In addition to a large lobbying contract with the Medicines Company,[28] Gephardt serves as chair of the Council for American Medical Innovation (CAMI), formed by and affiliated with PhRMA. In this capacity he hired his own firm to lobby for the organization, to push to extend patents and block generic drugs from the market.[29]

    Gephardt has also served as a lobbyist for Boeing.[30] He is a labor consultant for Spirit Aerosystems and sits on its board of directors.[31] In these roles, Mr. Gephardt has presided over an aggressive anti-union campaign that has bewildered many of his traditional political allies. In July 2011, Spirit Aerosystems walked out of negotiations with the union that represents its engineering, technical and professional workforce.[32] The union subsequently voted the company’s last contract offer receiving a 96.5% rejection vote. The company did not change its contract offer significantly after this rejection and relations with its workforce have been contentious ever since. With negotiations at a standstill, production schedules for 2011 and 2012 are threatened.[33][34]

    In 2009, Gephardt was named to the Board of Directors of the Ford Motor Company

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