In 2021, readers liked learning how to be more energy efficient and what Duke Energy is doing to help its communities while generating cleaner energy that’s reliable, too.
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Generating cleaner energy and upgrading the grid
While 2021’s hurricane season wasn’t as severe as predicted for Duke Energy customers, the company was prepared by trimming trees, installing more steel poles and self-healing technology to avoid outages.
Duke Energy has installed more than eight million smart meters since 2012, which allows customers to monitor their energy use, prevent outages and enable renewable energy.
This series about solar, wind and batteries explained how these growing, zero-carbon energy sources work, their history and their future as Duke Energy moves toward net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.
As Duke Energy builds more wind projects, it’s also looking for ways to lessen its impact on wildlife. The company is using IdentiFlight, a system of cameras and artificial intelligence, to shut down turbines when golden and bald eagles approach. A study in 2020 showed an 82 percent reduction in eagle deaths at this Wyoming site.
Supporting customers and communities
As the need for help grew during the pandemic, Duke Energy and Piedmont Natural Gas funded several programs across its seven states to help customers pay their bills.
Second Harvest Food Bank was one of many organizations Duke Energy volunteers supported in 2021. Volunteers, along with a Duke Energy donation, helped provide 1 million meals.
As part of its commitment to social justice, racial equity and diversity and inclusion, Duke Energy donated $50,000 to the United Arts of Central Florida to improve diversity in its arts programs.