A prolonged drought could impact electricity generation because many traditional power plants require large amounts of water for cooling purposes. At the other weather extreme, heavy flooding could disable electrical substations during major storms.
Deploying water management strategies in an evolving future that accounts for multiple scenarios is therefore key to the company’s long-term success.
Drought Protection – The company is investing in new power generation technologies that greatly reduce freshwater use, such as wind, photovoltaic solar and natural gas combined-cycle technologies – and using nontraditional water sources, like brackish water and municipal and industrial wastewater.
In Florida, the Hines Energy Complex, Intercession City plant and Osprey Energy Center use reclaimed water in energy generation, further reducing our freshwater footprint.
Flood Protection – Duke Energy has implemented flood-mitigation measures to protect substations, including installing barriers and relocating certain equipment. This helps protect – and keep – essential systems operating during severe storms.
Integrated Water Management – Duke Energy is only one user of valuable water resources. By collaborating with local water utilities, environmental groups and recreation enthusiasts on watershed and drought planning, the company can address the long-term needs of local communities.
This collaborative and forward-thinking approach to managing regional water supplies ensures the sustainability of water resources for a growing population while meeting energy production needs.