Adaptation

Duke Energy is taking a number of steps to prepare for the changing global climate.

Water conservation

Water is precious, and with increasing global temperatures, it's expected to become more so. We've already reduced our water consumption intensity by nearly 20% compared to 2011 levels. We have a goal to reduce annual water withdrawals by our generation fleet by 1 trillion gallons from the 2016 level by 2030.

Natural gas plants withdraw significantly less water for cooling purposes than coal plants, so our continued transition to cleaner energy sources also reduces risk from potential future droughts. In addition to implementing equipment and operational changes at nuclear and coal plants to reduce drought-related risks, we also take a leadership role in the watersheds where we operate hydroelectric plants to effectively collaborate with local water utilities and other partners to advance watershed planning efforts.

Grid improvements

With higher temperatures comes the increased potential for severe weather. The company is investing in a multiyear effort to create a smarter and more resilient grid that can protect against extreme weather and cyber-attacks or physical attacks. These grid improvements also support adding more renewables, while avoiding outages and providing customers more control over their energy use. To learn more, see our smart grid page.

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