Duke Energy Business Services

Smart Grid Deployment


Duke Energy Business Services, LLC’s (Duke) Smart Grid Program began in 2008 and includes the development and implementation of comprehensive end-to-end solutions that will transform its five-state electric system, and lead to products and services that increase the consumer’s role in reducing energy use and carbon emissions. Duke’s Smart Grid Deployment projects include advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and distribution automation systems in five states. The projects involve large-scale deployments of AMI and distribution automation in Ohio and North Carolina, and smaller limited deployments of distribution automation in Indiana, Kentucky and South Carolina. The effort also includes pilot programs for electricity pricing including time-of-use rates, peak-time rebates, and critical-peak pricing. Customers in these pilot programs will test home area networks, Web portals, and direct load control devices to reduce their electricity consumption and peak demand. In December 2008, Duke received a state regulatory order to proceed with Smart Grid deployment in Ohio.

Contact Information

James Kevin Spainhour
Manager of Smart Grid DOE Compliance and Reporting
Duke Energy Business Services, LLCJames.Spainhour@duke-energy.com

Recipient Team Web Site: www.duke-energy.com

Recipient: Duke Energy Business Services (Smart Grid Deployment)
HQ State: North Carolina
Total Budget: $555,706,307
Federal Share: $200,000,000
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Project Type:
Targeted Benefits:
  • Reduced Electricity Costs for Customers
  • Reduced Meter Reading Costs
  • Reduced Operating and Maintenance Costs
  • Deferred Investment in Distribution Capacity Expansion
  • Improved Electric Service Reliability and Power Quality
  • Reduced Costs from Distribution Line Losses and Theft
  • Reduced Greenhouse Gas and Criteria Pollutants 
  • Reduced Truck Fleet Fuel Usage