Balancing reliability and cost
Just as demand for electric power is increasing, so is the demand for even greater reliability of that power supply. This is primarily driven by our increasingly digital society. More and more appliances and equipment — from plasma televisions to automated assembly lines — are using more kilowatt‑hours to power more digital circuits. A power interruption of even a few seconds is not only inconvenient, but it can have a major economic impact as well. At Duke Energy, we work around the clock to supply power reliably. One way we do that is to ensure that we operate our supply and delivery operations — generation, transmission and distribution — efficiently and safely, and in a way that protects the environment. This balanced approach helps keep our reliability and customer satisfaction high, and it helps us better manage our operation and maintenance costs, which is important to our investors. Our power delivery networks play a critical role in our energy efficiency and reliability efforts. Investing in a smart grid will help us achieve our “fifth fuel” initiatives and enhance our service and reliability.
THEOPOLIS HOLEMAN IS SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF POWER DELIVERY FOR DUKE ENERGY’S U.S. FRANCHISED ELECTRIC AND GAS OPERATIONS. HIS TEAM IS RESPONSIBLE FOR KEEPING POWER QUALITY AND RELIABILITY HIGH — 24/7.