Charles M. Gates Senior Vice President and Chief Fossil/Hydro Officer
Charlie Gates serves as senior vice president and chief fossil/hydro officer for Duke Energy. He has responsibility for the operations of the company’s regulated fossil/hydro generation fleet in six states, including outage and maintenance services.
Gates has 30 years of experience in the energy industry. Previously, he served as senior vice president of power generation operations for Duke Energy, a position he assumed following the Duke Energy/Progress Energy merger in July 2012. Prior to that, Gates served as senior vice president of the power generation group for Progress Energy, where he oversaw the operations and technical support of the company’s fossil and hydro generation.
Gates joined Progress Energy (formerly CP&L) in 1982. He served in various leadership roles within the fossil generation department and has worked in both the Carolinas and Florida. He has also held several engineering positions at both the plant and corporate levels.
Gates earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from North Carolina State University in Raleigh. He is a member of Tau Beta Pi, a national engineering honor society.
Gates was born and raised overseas (Buenos Aires, Argentina and Manila, Philippines). He and his wife, Marion, have two sons and triplet grandchildren.
Duke Energy, the largest electric power company in the United States, supplies and delivers electricity to approximately 7 million customers in the Southeast and Midwest. The company also distributes natural gas in Ohio and Kentucky. Its commercial power and international businesses operate diverse power generation assets in North America and Latin America, including a growing renewable energy portfolio. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 250 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK.