- Duke Energy will build new smart grid software and services on
AWS and expand its Intelligent Grid Services – a suite of
custom-built applications that help the utility anticipate future
energy demand and identify where and how to update the power
- AWS will build out the cloud technologies needed to support
these critical grid-planning solutions.
- Duke Energy's applications, running on AWS, will help the
utility advance its data-driven grid investment plans to improve
resiliency, integrate renewable energy sources, and prepare for
widespread electric vehicle adoption.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. and SEATTLE, Nov. 17,
2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), one of
America's largest energy holding companies, and Amazon Web
Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com, Inc. company (NASDAQ: AMZN),
are entering into a multiyear strategic collaboration to accelerate
the utility's development of industry-leading grid solutions that
will benefit customers and help advance Duke Energy's clean energy
As part of this agreement, Duke Energy will build new smart grid
software and services on AWS and expand its Intelligent Grid
Services – a suite of custom-built applications that help the
utility anticipate future energy demand and identify where and how
to update the power grid. AWS, in turn, will work alongside Duke
Energy to build out cloud technologies to support Duke Energy's
grid-planning solutions, so they run faster and more cost
This collaboration will further Duke Energy's commitment to use
AWS as their primary cloud provider for software development. The
utility is also migrating information technology (IT) and grid
analytics workloads to AWS.
Duke Energy is executing an aggressive clean energy strategy to
create a smarter energy future for its customers and communities.
This includes investing $145 billion
over the next decade in capital projects, the majority of which
will go toward modernizing the nation's largest electric grid.
These investments will improve the grid's reliability and
resiliency, connect a growing number of renewables and prepare the
grid for rapid electric vehicle adoption – all while keeping
affordability for customers at the forefront.
"Our digital evolution is foundational to our clean energy
transition," says Bonnie Titone,
senior vice president and chief information officer at Duke Energy.
"For example, to accurately simulate future energy needs and plan
investments for the grid, we need to run hundreds of millions of
power flow calculations – a process that would take weeks using
traditional IT hardware. By using cloud technologies that AWS is
developing for Duke Energy, we aim to run those same simulations in
15 minutes or less."
These simulations – and other analytics made possible by Duke
Energy's Intelligent Grid Services applications on AWS – deliver
insights that will help the utility continue its data-driven grid
investment plans. The industry-leading applications can forecast
where needs will be greatest and estimate the amount of load the
distribution system can accommodate without impacting power quality
or reliability. These applications can also make recommendations on
the most cost-effective grid solutions needed to meet the evolving
needs of customers, whether that customer is an individual who
wants to put solar panels on their home or a commercial customer
that wants to electrify its fleet of vehicles.
And by running the applications on AWS, Duke Energy is able to
get these actionable insights from millions of gigabytes of data at
unprecedented scale and speed. Faster, more accurate insights mean
Duke Energy is better equipped to build the grid of the future – a
smart grid that can withstand extreme weather, handle the growing
needs of electric vehicles, and support green technologies, such as
rooftop solar and battery energy storage.
"Duke Energy and AWS share similar commitments to a smarter and
cleaner energy future with net-zero carbon emissions," said
Sarah Cooper, general manager of AWS
Industry Products. "These Intelligent Grid Services leverage the
proven scalability and reliability of the world's leading cloud and
will help Duke Energy meet energy demands while maximizing the use
of clean energy sources, such as solar and wind power, to serve
"Customers are at the center of everything Duke Energy does,"
said Harry Sideris, executive vice
president of customer experience, solutions and services at Duke
Energy. "Through this partnership with AWS, we'll be able to make
better decisions at the micro and macro levels to meet the evolving
needs of our customers and communities as we build a smarter,
cleaner energy future together."
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 28,000
Duke Energy is executing an aggressive 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 2022 "World's Most Admired
Companies" list and Forbes' "World's Best Employers" list. More
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