On April 9, 2009, Duke Energy announced that Bill Tyndall joined Duke’s Strategy, Policy and Regulatory lobbying group. Tyndall’s credentials included previous experience working for Cinergy, which he helped merge with Duke Energy. As Cinergy’s Vice President of Environmental Services and Federal Affairs, Tyndall:
“[worked] closely with government regulators and [testified] before Congress, state utility commissions and other government entities. In that role, he also served as a member of the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Air Act Advisory Committee and wrote several articles on environmental issues facing the utility industry.”
Tyndall later worked for NatSource as a private equity investor in the field of “renewable energy, carbon abatement and management, pollution control, energy efficiency and related areas,” and from 1995-1998 served as Minority Counsel to members of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, including John Dingell and Henry Waxman. He specializes in the areas of cap and trade and the Clean Air Act, having served on the Clean Air Act Advisory Committee for the EPA.
Source: Duke Press Release
Tyndall has lobbied the Environmental Protection Agency and other federal offices to prevent the regulation of coal ash as hazardous waste, despite extremely high and concentrated levels of known neurotoxins and carcinogens, such as arsenic, mercury, and lead, as well as radioactive elements. This lobbying was part of an industry blitz that took place behind closed doors, four months before the public was provided with a hearing on the issue.
In October, 2009, Tyndall spoke at the University of California, Berkeley about Duke’s role in the U.S. Climate Action Partnership as they supported the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES). ACES included over $1 billion in subsidies for carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology annually for ten years ($10 billion total), provides extra greenhouse gas emissions allowances for companies first utilizing CCS at power plants, excluded two Duke plants under construction from regulation, and includes various other pollution offsets and regulatory loopholes that benefit the coal industry.
Tyndall is a frequent panelist and speaker at various Universities and summit gatherings, such as the U.S. China Green Tech Summit in Beijing, the Environmental Information Revolution in Washtington DC, and the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. Tyndall's frequent public appearances help paint a "greener" image of his employer.
Duke has spent over $9 million on its own lobbying since Tyndall began directly representing them in 2009.