WASHINGTON D.C., July 13, 2017 /3BL Media/ – The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) awarded Duke Energy the top honor in the electric utility association’s 2017 Business Diversity Awards program.
The annual awards program recognizes companies for their efforts in advancing purchasing opportunities for diverse suppliers – including minority-, female-, veteran- and LGBTQ-owned businesses within the electric power industry.
Duke Energy earned the industry’s overall Excellence Award for its efforts to improve business diversity and inclusion.
By Lynn Good, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer at Duke Energy Corporation
As a native of Ohio – home of the Wright Brothers – and now a resident of North Carolina –where their dream literally took off – I have a special fondness for the inventors of modern flight. I sometimes wonder what Orville and Wilbur would think if they saw a Boeing 747 roar overhead? Would they even recognize what they had started?
For that matter, Alexander Graham Bell would likely look at a touchscreen smartphone and ask “What is this?” But what about Thomas Edison? He might look up at the power lines mounted on a wooden pole and say, “Yes, that’s how I left it.”
A plan to modernize the energy grid means more than replacing substations and transmission lines. It will help you control your electricity use and save you money.
About the only time most of us consider the energy grid is when there’s a major power outage or a blackout in some place like New York or California. That’s in the past. As time goes on, we’ll be interacting with the grid more and more. This grid modernization will give customers more tools to control how much energy they use, all from a connected device such as a smartphone.
Between Main Street’s flowering trees and the patchwork facades of historic buildings, the Shute Family Parking Garden provides about 60 parking spaces for downtown Monroe, N.C. Soon, the parking garden will become even more green when the city installs its first electric vehicle charging station.