UPDATE 1-Duke Energy executive resigns after email scandal

* Says COO of its electric, gas business quits

* Resignation over emails published by Indianapolis Star

Dec 6 (BestGrowthStock) – Duke Energy (DUK.N: ) said the chief
operating officer of the utility’s electric and gas business,
James Turner, resigned following a controversy surrounding his
emails to an ex-commissioner in Indiana.

Daily Indianapolis Star recently published emails between
Turner and David Lott Hardy, who was the chairman of the
Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC).

“As a leader, I have a duty to exercise the highest level
of professionalism at all times in my communications. In
certain emails to a former commissioner in Indiana, I fell
short of this standard,” Turner said in a statement.

Turner served as a “senior leader” of Charlotte, North
Carolina-based Duke Energy since its merger with Cinergy in

In October, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels fired Hardy on
ethical grounds.

Shares of Duke Energy were down about 0.5 percent at $17.69
in midday trade on Monday on the New York Stock Exchange. They
are down about 3 percent in the last one month.
(Reporting by Krishna N Das in Bangalore; Editing by
Unnikrishnan Nair)

UPDATE 1-Duke Energy executive resigns after email scandal