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Protecting icons of the sky



The responsible stewardship of wildlife is a priority for the company, which is why Duke Energy is committed to protecting bald eagles, eagle nests and valuable foraging habitat within our regulated territory. In addition, Duke Energy Renewables, a subsidiary of Duke Energy, has incorporated several technologies that protect bald and golden eagles at its renewable energy facilities.

IdentiFlight, a system that blends artificial intelligence with high-precision optical technology to detect eagles and prevent them from colliding with rotating wind turbine blades, was first introduced at the Top of the World Windpower Project in 2018. Duke Energy Renewables was the first wind operator to commercially deploy this technology. This same technology is used at Frontier Windpower II in Oklahoma.

Duke Energy Renewables also supports eagle research and education by providing funding to the Sutton Avian Research Center in Kay County, Okla.

The Sutton Center is well-known for its avian research and its successful bald eagle recovery programs. It is credited with restoring Oklahoma's bald eagle population from zero nesting pairs in the 1980s to more than 200 nesting pairs today.

The funding provided by Duke Energy Renewables is being used for education and to support the center's eagle camera project, the longest consistently running nest camera in the nation. People across the country can watch live streaming video coverage of bald eagle nesting activities at

Learn more about how we survey river basins in the Carolinas to protect eagle habitat.
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