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Wendy’s Central Florida restaurants now source renewable energy from the Florida power grid

By the end of 2022, seven Wendy’s restaurants will be powered by solar energy from Duke Energy’s Community Solar Program, with approximately 35 sites in total expected to go 100% solar powered by 2025.

DUBLIN, Ohio, November 15, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Wendy’s Company today announced that seven restaurants in Central Florida now source renewable energy from Duke Energy Florida’s Clean Energy Connection program. By early 2023, a total of ten Wendy’s restaurants in this region will be powered by solar energy through participation in the program.

Among the first subscribers to Duke Energy’s community solar program, Wendy’s aims to supply 21 company-operated restaurants with renewable electricity by the end of 2023 and a total of approximately 35 Central Florida restaurants with 100% renewable electricity by 2025, based on Duke Energy’s current development plans. Wendy’s will supply 1,274 kilowatts (kW) of clean energy from the program by the end of this year, growing to 6,363 kW by 2025.

“Increasing our supply of clean energy is an important part of how we work to reduce emissions within our system,” said the Corporate Affairs and Sustainability Director. Liliana Esposito. “Our partnership with Duke Energy Florida provides a simple, cost-effective way to offset our electricity usage with renewable energy credits, while financing solar power that will benefit local communities.”

Duke Energy Florida’s Clean Energy Connection program allows customers to subscribe to enough solar power blocks to offset all of their energy usage while earning credits on their utility bills. Participating customers will support the operation of ten solar sites, which will produce a total of 749 megawatts (MW) of clean energy when completed in 2024.

“We are grateful for Wendy’s early enrollment in Duke Energy’s Clean Energy Connection Program,” said Melissa Seixasstate chairman of Duke Energy in Florida Melissa Seixas. “As one of the project’s first subscribers, Wendy’s is helping to bring clean, renewable energy to small businesses and area residents.”

This collaboration with Duke Energy contributes to Wendy’s larger efforts to reduce emissions and minimize the company’s climate impact, a key part of Wendy’s corporate responsibility platform, Good Done Right. Wendy’s is working to validate and publicly disclose a science-based target covering Scope 1, 2 and 3 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions with the Science Based Targets (SBTi) initiative in 2023.

To learn more about Wendy’s Good Done Right progress and efforts to reduce the company’s energy consumption and emissions, visit https://www.wendys.com/whatwevalue.

About Wendy’s

Wendy’s® was founded in 1969 by David Thomas in Columbus, Ohio. Dave has built his business on the principle “Quality is our recipe ®”, which remains the guiding principle of the Wendy’s system. Wendy’s is best known for its made-to-order square burgers made with fresh never-frozen* beef, freshly prepared salads and other signature items like chili, baked potatoes and Frosty® dessert. The Wendy’s Company (Nasdaq: WEN) is committed to doing the right thing and making a positive difference in the lives of others. This is especially visible through the company’s support of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption® and its Wendy’s Wonderful Kids® program, which seeks to find a loving, forever home for every child awaiting adoption from the foster care system. North American. Today, Wendy’s and its franchisees employ hundreds of thousands of people in approximately 7,000 restaurants worldwide with a vision to be the fastest growing and most loved restaurant brand in the world. For more details on franchising, contact us at www.wendys.com/franchising. Visit www.wendys.com and www.squaredealblog.com for more information and connect with us on Twitter and Instagram using @wendys, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wendys.

*Fresh beef available in the contiguous United States, Alaskaand Canada.

About Duke Energy Florida

Duke Energy Florida, a subsidiary of Duke Energy, has 10,300 megawatts of energy capacity, supplying electricity to 1.9 million residential, commercial and industrial customers over a 13,000 square mile service area in Florida.

Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), a Fortune 150 company headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, is one of the largest energy holding companies in the United States. Its electric utilities serve 8.2 million customers in North Carolina, Caroline from the south, Florida, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky, and collectively possess 50,000 megawatts of power capacity. Its natural gas unit serves 1.6 million customers in North Carolina, Caroline from the south, Tennessee, Ohio and Kentucky. The company employs 28,000 people.

Duke Energy is executing an aggressive clean energy transition to meet its goals of net methane emissions from its natural gas business and at least 50% carbon reduction from power generation by 2030 and net emissions carbon emissions by 2050. Zero goals also include Scope 2 emissions and some Scope 3 emissions. zero-emission power generation such as hydrogen and advanced nuclear.

Duke Energy was named to Fortune’s 2022 “World’s Most Admired Companies” list and Forbes’ “America’s Top Employers” list. More information is available at duke-energy.com. The Duke Energy News Center contains press releases, fact sheets, photos and videos. Duke Energy’s illumination features stories about people, innovations, community issues and environmental issues. Follow Duke Energy on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Facebook.

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