- Vandalism to disabled equipment on Saturday night at two substations
- About 45,000 customers are without electricity
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina, December 4, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Duke Energy crews are currently responding to widespread outages in Moore County. The company experienced several equipment failures affecting substations, leaving approximately 45,000 customers without power.
“Duke Energy is pursuing multiple repair paths to restore as many customers as possible, as quickly and safely as possible,” said Jason Hollifield, Duke Energy General Manager, Emergency Preparedness. “This is a major local outage affecting almost all customers of Moore County. While some customers will recover sooner, most customers should be prepared for an extended outage that could last until Thursday.”
Hollifield added that crews are working around the clock to complete repairs and restore service to all affected customers. Several important and vital pieces of equipment were damaged during the event. Equipment repair is a multi-step process that will take several days. Once the repairs have been made, the company must test the equipment before beginning the final restoration process.
Due to the nature of the damage, the company is working with local, state and federal agencies on their ongoing investigation into this incident.
For customers affected by outages, plan to relocate family members – especially those with special needs – to another safe location due to the anticipated time needed to fully restore service.
About Duke Energy
Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), a Fortune 150 company headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, is one of the largest energy holding companies in the United States. Its electric utilities serve 8.2 million customers in North Carolina, Caroline from the south, Florida, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky, and collectively possess 50,000 megawatts of power capacity. Its natural gas unit serves 1.6 million customers in North Carolina, Caroline from the south, Tennessee, Ohio and Kentucky. The company employs 28,000 people.
Duke Energy is executing an aggressive clean energy transition to meet its goals of net methane emissions from its natural gas business by 2030 and net carbon emissions from power generation by 2050. The company has interim carbon emissions targets of at least 50% electricity generation reduction by 2030, 50% for Scope 2 and some upstream and downstream Scope 3 emissions by 2035, and 80% of power generation by 2040. In addition, the company is investing in major upgrades to the power grid and energy storage, and zero-emission power generation technologies such as hydrogen and advanced nuclear.
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