Duke sees big benefits from U.S. Inflation Reduction Act

Duke Energy Corp (DUK.N) expects to receive significant tax incentives from the U.S. Inflation Reduction Act , the American company said on Friday.

The Charlotte, North Carolina-based company, which made its comments in an analyst presentation for its third-quarter earnings, also provided more details on its previously announced $145 billion capital spending plan to expand and modernize its power and natural gas operations and to reduce emissions.

Duke said it will benefit from several parts of the law — which took effect in August — including production tax credits (PTC) for nuclear and solar power and investment tax credits for energy storage.

The company projected that its nuclear plants in North and South Carolina will qualify for existing nuclear PTCs of “several hundred million dollars a year beginning in 2024.”

Duke also said it could have about 13 to 17 gigawatt (GW) of connected solar power over the next 10 years, with each gigawatt of solar equal to about $60 million in annual gross PTCs.

In addition, Duke said it had the potential to make $2.5 to $4.5 billion of storage investments over the next 10 years to qualify for 30% storage investment tax credits.

Duke said those credits would provide its customers with a more affordable transition to clean energy.

If state regulators approve its $145 billion capital spending proposal, the company said it planned to invest about $63 to $66 billion from 2023 to 2027 and the remaining $80 to 85 billion from 2028 to 2032.

Duke said it wants to invest about $120 billion on fleet transition and grid modernization, including about $75 billion for the grid, $40 billion for zero-carbon generation and $5 billion for hydrogen-capable, natural gas-fired generation.