B. Keith Trent Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer – Regulated Utilities
Keith Trent serves as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Regulated Utilities for Duke Energy. He leads the transmission, distribution, customer services, gas operations and grid modernization functions for approximately 7.2 million electric customers and 500,000 gas customers. In addition, he is responsible for regulated fossil and hydro generation; health and safety; environmental services; fuels and system optimization; and central engineering and services.
Previously, Trent served as executive vice president of Regulated Utilities for Duke Energy. He was responsible for rates and regulatory initiatives, state and local government relations, economic development, community affairs, integrated resource planning and wholesale power for the company's regulated utility operations in North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio. He was also responsible for federal government affairs, as well as environmental and energy policy at the state and federal levels.
Prior to that, Trent led Duke Energy’s Commercial Businesses organization as group executive and president. In this role, he was responsible for Duke Energy Generation Services; Duke Energy Renewables; Midwest Commercial Generation; Commercial Transmission; and Duke Energy International, with operations in Latin America. In addition, he was responsible for commercial strategy and policy.
Trent has also served as group executive and chief strategy, policy and regulatory officer for Duke Energy. He led the areas of strategy, state and federal policy and government affairs, corporate communications, community affairs, technology initiatives, and environmental health and safety policy.
Trent has more than 18 years of experience as an accomplished legal counselor. He joined Duke Energy in May 2002 as general counsel, litigation. He was responsible for managing all major litigation and government investigations for the company. Trent was named group vice president, general counsel and secretary in June 2005, and group executive and chief development officer in April 2006. In that role, he led corporate development, including corporate strategy, as well as mergers and acquisitions. He was named group executive and chief strategy and policy officer in September 2006 and president of the Commercial Businesses in July 2009.
Prior to joining Duke Energy, Trent served as a partner in the law firm Snell, Brannian & Trent, since October 1991. Prior to that, he was an attorney at Jackson Walker in Dallas, Texas. He began his career as a reservoir/production engineer with Arco Oil & Gas in Houston in January 1982.
Trent earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering, with honors, from Southern Methodist University and a Juris Doctor degree, with high honors, from the University of Texas College of Law. He also completed the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program and the Reactor Technology Course for Utility Executives at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Trent is licensed to practice law in North Carolina and Texas, as well as numerous federal district courts and the U.S. Supreme Court. He is also a member of various bar associations.
Trent currently serves on the boards of directors of the Electric Power Research Institute, the Center for Energy Workforce Development, the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce and the Charlotte Sports Foundation. He is a member of the board of trustees of The Keystone Center and is co-chair of The Keystone Energy Board. He also serves on the boards of visitors of the Wake Forest University School of Business and Charlotte Country Day School.
A native of North Little Rock, Ark., Trent was born in 1959. He and his wife, Lucy, have two sons.
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.
January 23, 2014