Sumter Utilities customers working together for reduce carbon with a hydrogen hub

Sumter Utilities customers working together for reduce carbon with a hydrogen hub

Sumter Utilities customers working together for reduce carbon with a hydrogen hub

In a press release from Battelle Memorial Institute, several utilities across the Southeast region announced plan to establish a six-state hydrogen hub in an effort to share resources and meet targets for carbon reduction.

Companies such as Duke Energy, Dominion Energy, and Southern Company – all customers of Sumter Utilities – plan to purse federal financial support from the department of energy, which recently allocated 8 billion to hydrogen hubs as part of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

 The clean energy transition has motivated utilities to search for energy resources to help them decarbonize, and hydrogen offers a huge opportunity to help them meet their goals. 

 

Duke Energy Shares 10-year Plan to Invest in Critical Energy Infrastructure

Duke Energy Shares 10-year Plan to Invest in Critical Energy Infrastructure

Duke Energy Shares 10-year Plan to Invest in Critical Energy Infrastructure

In a news update on October 4, Duke Energy announced an update on their strategy to provide critical energy infrastructure, meeting customer needs while also achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The company plans to invest $145 Billion over the next 10 years.

Duke Energy’s plan includes roughly $75 Billion to modernize and harden transmission and distribution infrastructure, and another $40 Billion in energy generation like solar, wind, and battery storage resources. Encompassed in the infrastructure is new technology to improve reliability and resiliency throughout the grid. Sumter Utilities has already been working on for Duke Energy to utilize these new technologies to better prepare for potential outages, and hope to continue partnering together to provide reliability to customers in the Southeast. Click below to read the full article. 

Duke Energy to help power the grid with Ford’s new F-150

Duke Energy to help power the grid with Ford’s new F-150

Duke Energy to help power the grid with Ford’s new F-150

In a recent press release, Duke Energy shared they are teaming up with Ford to develop a pilot program to test the performance of Vehicle to Grid (V2G) technology. This new technology is just one of many innovative efforts Duke is using to reduce carbon emissions and increase renewable energy sources.

According to the announcement, Duke Energy customers in the Carolinas can join in the new V2G program and lease the new Ford F-150 Lightning, a fully electric truck with high capacity battery energy storage, and receive reduced lease payments. In exchange, they will agree to provide energy back to the grid during peak demand seasons.

This new technology has the potential to reduce carbon emissions and provide necessary backup storage for the grid. Click below to learn more.

Billions Planned for Grid Resiliency & Innovation

Billions Planned for Grid Resiliency & Innovation

Billions Planned for Grid Resiliency & Innovation

According to a recent article from Utility Dive, the Department of Energy is making plans for the provision of $10.5 billion to improve grid resilience, enhance grid flexibility, and explore new approaches to reliability throughout the power industry.

This new program, which has requested comments and feedback, will offer grants to support the retirement of older assets and invest in new technologies as the energy transition continues on. Click below to read the full article and learn more. 

Southern Company intends to extend operation of Hatch Nuclear Plant

Southern Company intends to extend operation of Hatch Nuclear Plant

Southern Company intends to extend operation of Hatch Nuclear Plant

The Edwin I. Hatch nuclear power plant in Georgia has been operating since the mid-seventies, and currently provides carbon-free energy for co-owners Georgia Power, Oglethorpe Power Corporation, Dalton Utilities, and Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia.

In late August of this year, Southern Company subsidiary Southern Nuclear, who operates the plant on behalf of the owners, shared that they plan to apply for a 20-year extension to their operating license. If approved, the extension would continue operations at Hatch until the 2050s. Click below to read the full article from World Nuclear News.