Duke Energy announced $13bn project Power/Forward Carolinas
These upgrades will harden the system against storms and outages; make it safer and more resilient against cyber-attacks and physical threats; help expand renewable energy; generate jobs and stimulate economic growth.
It will also give 7 million people in North Carolina more information to manage their energy use.
"Safely powering the lives of hard-working families and maintaining the vitality of our communities are our most important responsibilities," said David Fountain, Duke Energy's North Carolina president.
"When we improve our energy infrastructure, we not only improve power quality and reliability for everyone, but we help grow our economy and create jobs while keeping energy at a reasonable price."
Duke Energy's 10-year modernization plan for NC will result in:
- Additional bill-lowering tools designed to help customers reduce their energy costs
- An average of 13,900 jobs each year
- $10.4 billion in salaries and wages
- Almost $800 million in state taxes and $550 million in local taxes
- A total economic output of $21.5 billion over the 10 years.
"We must embrace a forward-thinking approach to building a smarter energy future for North Carolina," Fountain said. "We have been working hard to generate cleaner, smarter electricity, and now we must invest to make the system that delivers that energy even smarter." ■