B. Keith Trent Executive Vice President - Grid Solutions & President - Midwest and Florida Regions
Keith Trent serves as executive vice president of grid solutions and president of Duke Energy’s Midwest and Florida regions. He is responsible for advancing the company’s long-term grid strategy, including an integrated focus on grid investment, innovation and standardization. In addition, he has responsibility for the profit/loss, strategic direction and performance of the company’s regulated utilities in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Florida, including the natural gas distribution business in the Midwest. He is also responsible for electric transmission for all of Duke Energy’s regulated utilities.
Previously, Trent served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of regulated utilities for Duke Energy, where he was responsible for services and grid modernization functions for approximately 7.2 million electric customers and 500,000 gas customers. In addition, he was responsible for regulated fossil and hydro generation; health and safety; environmental services; fuels and system optimization; and central engineering and services. Prior to that, he served as executive vice president of regulated utilities for Duke Energy, with responsibility for federal government affairs, as well as environmental and energy policy at the state and federal levels.
Before becoming executive vice president, 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. Trent has also served as group executive and chief strategy, policy and regulatory officer, and as group vice president, general counsel and secretary for Duke Energy.
Prior to joining Duke Energy, Trent served as a partner in the law firm Snell, Brannian & Trent and as an attorney at Jackson Walker in Dallas, Texas. He began his career as a reservoir/production engineer with Arco Oil & Gas in Houston.
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.
August 1, 2014