INNOVATION IN ACTION
As part of our pursuit of operational excellence, Duke Energy's Generation and Transmission group challenged employees to seek out ways to reduce environmental and safety hazards. Jerry Lee DeWeese took the challenge seriously when he sought a way to eliminate the risk of oil entering the waterway at a hydroelectric plant if there is an oil cooler leak or water intrusion.
Jerry developed a low-cost water detector that can be retrofitted to equipment to detect water and prevent oil from getting into the river. This device can send a signal to the control system to alert technicians of the trouble and allow quick action, including a controlled shutdown of the unit. His device could also be used at other manned and unmanned generation facilities. Another way innovation is helping sustainability at Duke Energy.