Major Milestones Drive Duke Energy Florida’s Commitment to a Cleaner, Smarter Energy Future Just in Time for Earth Day | duke energy
$2 billion solar investment statewide.
Three of six energy storage sites completed.
More than 600 electric vehicle chargers installed.
250,000 prolonged power outages avoided thanks to smart, self-optimizing network technology.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Duke Energy Florida is celebrating Earth Day by sharing key milestones in its clean energy transformation and commitment to the environment, affordability and customer reliability.
“As the energy needs of our state’s customers and communities change, we must be prepared to meet those needs,” said Melissa Seixas, state chair of Duke Energy Florida. “We believe that the generation of electricity from renewable resources and the development of innovative technologies will play an important role in providing reliable, affordable and increasingly clean energy.”
In Florida, Duke Energy continues to execute its strategy on renewable energy, electric vehicles (EV) and grid investments for the benefit of customers.
Solar Production Commitment
With a combined investment of more than $2 billion, Duke Energy Florida’s solar generation portfolio will include 25 grid-connected solar power plants, which will benefit all Florida customers and provide approximately 1,500 megawatts (MW) of generation without emissions and about 5 million solar panels in the ground by 2024.
The company is on track to achieve a major milestone by commissioning its 17th solar project by the end of 2022.
The top 10 major projects are expected to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases such as CO2 at an average rate of more than 700,000 tons per year, based on the equivalent reduction in production from fossil fuels.
Additionally, Duke Energy Florida leads the state in the number of customer-owned or leased renewable interconnects, which includes processing more than 1,300 customer requests per month.
Duke Energy Florida currently has over 400 MW and over 46,000 customers with solar generation at their home or business that rely on the power grid.
Battery energy storage systems
Duke Energy’s battery energy storage plays an important and evolving role in how electricity is delivered to customers today and in the future. Through energy storage and microgrids, the company can enable the integration of more renewable energy into the grid and help improve reliability and security while keeping costs as low as possible for customers. .
Earlier this month, Duke Energy Florida announced the completion of three battery projects in Gilchrist, Gulf and Highlands counties. The new sites are part of Duke Energy’s commitment to have six battery sites, totaling 50 MW, operating in Florida this year.
Electric vehicle (EV) charging
In addition to expanding its battery storage technology and solar investments, Duke Energy Florida is investing in transportation electrification to support the growing adoption of electric vehicles in the United States with the addition of 627 charging stations for electric vehicles, including 52 DC fast chargers (the fastest electric vehicle charging option available) and a modernized power grid to provide diversified and reliable energy solutions to better serve our customers.
To find EV chargers near you, visit the Greenlots app.
Duke Energy Florida is committed to building a stronger, better protected, and smarter power infrastructure that is more resilient to weather disruptions, as well as physical and cyber threats. The company continues to invest in improvements such as self-optimizing network technology, upgrades to poles and power lines, and targeted burial of outage-prone power lines to reduce the frequency and duration of outages. current during extreme weather events and improve overall reliability.
In 2021, smart, self-optimizing grid technology in Florida prevented more than 250,000 extended power outages at customers and saved more than 283,000 hours of total lost downtime.
Learn more about these programs at https://www.duke-energy.com/our-company/florida-future.
Duke Energy Florida
Duke Energy Florida, a subsidiary of Duke Energy, has 10,300 megawatts of energy capacity, supplying electricity to 1.9 million residential, commercial and industrial customers over a 13,000 square mile service area in Florida.
Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), a Fortune 150 company headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, is one of the largest energy holding companies in the United States. Its electric utilities serve 8.2 million customers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky, and collectively possess 50,000 megawatts of power capacity. Its natural gas unit serves 1.6 million customers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio and Kentucky. The company employs 28,000 people.
Duke Energy is executing an aggressive clean energy transition to meet its goals of net methane emissions from its natural gas business and at least 50% carbon reduction from power generation by 2030 and net emissions carbon emissions by 2050. Zero goals also include Scope 2 emissions and some Scope 3 emissions. zero-emission power generation such as hydrogen and advanced nuclear.
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