Advancing Low-Carbon Technologies
Duke Energy is committed to finding new ways to improve energy efficiency, reduce air emissions and confront our industry’s biggest challenge – global climate change. That’s why we are investing in new technologies, expanding our use of energy efficiency as the “fifth fuel,” and providing green options to our customers.
- New Nuclear Generation
- In December 2007, Duke Energy submitted a combined construction and operating license application to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission for our proposed 2,234-megawatt Lee Nuclear Station in Cherokee County, S.C.
- New Natural Gas Generation
- Duke Energy has brought five new natural gas combined-cycle plants on line since 2011. Natural gas emits about half the carbon dioxide of coal, and this new capacity has allowed us to retire older, less efficient coal units.
- New Coal Generation
- More than half of the power produced in the United States is generated using coal. Duke Energy is pursing two types of cleaner coal plants to more efficiently and cleanly meet our customers’ growing energy demand.
- Energy Efficiency & Conservation Initiatives
- Duke Energy offers a variety of energy efficiency and conservation programs to help manage customer demand in an efficient, cost effective manner. The programs also help customers save money by making their homes and businesses more energy efficient.
- Plug-in Electric Vehicles (PEVs)
- Duke Energy believes the Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) can save our customers money on transportation costs, reduce our national dependence on imported oil and reduce emissions. We are already using hybrid vehicles as part of our service fleet.
- Renewable Energy
- Duke Energy is committed to exploring the potential of renewable energy to meet rising demand by adding wind, solar and biomass to our hydroelectric capacity.
- Control Technologies
- The quality of the air we breathe is a concern for everyone. That’s why we’re investing billions of dollars to reduce emissions. Learn more about some of the technologies we use.
- Smart Grid
- Smart grid technologies are transforming today’s analog power delivery system into a digital, interconnected network that delivers new ways for Duke Energy and our customers to work together to manage energy usage, save money and help the environment.