Duke Energy: All About Clean, Renewable Hydro Power

Here’s a look at hydro power, the longest-running source of renewable energy
Jun 6, 2024 1:45 PM ET
A smiling person with arms crossed in a hard hat. A hydroelectric plant behind them.

Ever since Catawba Hydro Station began supplying electricity to Victoria Cotton Mill in Rock Hill, S.C., in 1904, Duke Energy has harnessed the power of the water. Today, the company’s 27 hydroelectric stations are still an important part of Duke Energy’s balanced energy mix on the road to net-zero carbon emissions by the year 2050.

On this page you’ll find beautiful photos and articles about the history of hydro plants, the investments Duke Energy is making in these assets, and employees committed to producing reliable, carbon-free energy to homes, businesses and industry.

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Duke Energy

Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), a Fortune 150 company headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., is one of America’s largest energy holding companies. Its electric utilities serve 8.2 million customers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky, and collectively own 50,000 megawatts of energy capacity. Its natural gas unit serves 1.6 million customers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio and Kentucky. The company employs 27,600 people.

Duke Energy is executing an ambitious clean energy transition to achieve its goals of net-zero methane emissions from its natural gas business by 2030 and net-zero carbon emissions from electricity generation by 2050. The company has interim carbon emission targets of at least 50% reduction from electric generation by 2030, 50% for Scope 2 and certain Scope 3 upstream and downstream emissions by 2035, and 80% from electric generation by 2040. In addition, the company is investing in major electric grid enhancements and energy storage, and exploring zero-emission power generation technologies such as hydrogen and advanced nuclear.

Duke Energy was named to Fortune’s 2023 “World’s Most Admired Companies” list and Forbes’ “World’s Best Employers” list. More information is available at duke-energy.com. The Duke Energy News Center contains news releases, fact sheets, photos and videos. Duke Energy’s illumination features stories about people, innovations, community topics and environmental issues. Follow Duke Energy on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Facebook.

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