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GREENVILLE, S.C., Nov. 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Duke Energy is partnering with the S.C. Technical College System to invest $1 million in grants to expand training opportunities for much-needed utility lineworkers across the state.

The company will need this highly-skilled workforce as it builds a smart, secure and flexible electric infrastructure to better serve customers and keep South Carolina competitive now and in the years ahead.

As Duke Energy and other utilities build the smart-thinking grid of the future – and the industry adapts to an aging workforce that will retire in the coming years – thousands of jobs will be created and filled.The backbone of the workforce is the certified utility lineworker.

"We are transforming the energy grid – making strategic, data-driven investments to improve reliability, use more solar and clean energy and provide customers with the intelligent information they need to make better energy choices and save money," said Kodwo Ghartey-Tagoe, Duke Energy's South Carolina state president. "These investments will reap benefits both immediately and in the years to come, but we must increase the talent pipeline for lineworkers here in South Carolina today to build the smart-thinking power grid of tomorrow."

The Carolinas Energy Workforce Consortium – a partnership of utilities in the Carolinas led by Duke Energy that helps ensure the two states have a sustainable, qualified workforce – is projecting the need for at least 500 lineworker hires every year for the next five years in South Carolina.

The S.C. Technical College Lineworker Grant Program was created to help fill this need and will focus on filling the ranks for existing and new industry demand of certified lineworkers. The grants will fund existing lineworker programs or help create new programs at the state's technical colleges. A committee will award grants twice a year with a maximum grant for any program capped at $200,000.

"Collaborating with industry to meet essential workforce needs is a key tenet of the S.C. Technical College System. This partnership with Duke Energy provides the perfect example of how our system strives to align our degrees and curriculum with community and industry needs," said Dr. Tim Hardee, S.C. Technical College System president. "We look forward to working closely with Duke Energy to address the shortage of much-needed trained lineworkers. Expansion of our offerings will help provide skilled workers who are so important to maintaining our state's infrastructure." 

The utility lineworker

Lineworkers are true heroes in our communities. They daily perform challenging, highly skilled work to provide the energy that drives South Carolina.

The job of a lineworker is critical to the safe and efficient delivery of power for Duke Energy's customers. All lineworkers are trained to respond to major outages in events such as high winds, ice and summer and winter storms.

Lineworkers receive an extensive progression of training over several years. In most cases at each interval, both written and field tests must be successfully completed to demonstrate expertise and job knowledge.

Lineworkers consider it a privilege to serve their communities and they love what they do. The average tenure of a lineworker is between 20 to 30 years, but there are some who've been on the lines for more than 40 years working safe and providing excellent customer service.

About Duke Energy

Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) is one of the largest energy holding companies in the U.S., with approximately 29,000 employees and a generating capacity of 49,500 megawatts. The company is transforming its customers' experience, modernizing its energy grid, generating cleaner energy and expanding its natural gas infrastructure to create a smarter energy future for the people and communities it serves.

The company's Electric Utilities and Infrastructure unit serves approximately 7.6 million retail electric customers in six states – North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky. Its Gas Utilities and Infrastructure unit distributes natural gas to approximately 1.6 million customers in five states – North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio and Kentucky. Its Commercial Renewables unit operates a growing renewable energy portfolio across the U.S.

A Fortune 125 company, Duke Energy was named to Fortune's 2018 "World's Most Admired Companies" list and Forbes' 2018 "America's Best Employers" list.

More information about the company is available at duke-energy.com. The Duke Energy News Center includes news releases, fact sheets, photos, videos and other materials. Duke Energy's illumination features stories about people, innovations, community topics and environmental issues. Follow Duke Energy on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Facebook.

Contact: Ryan Mosier
24-Hour: 800.559.3853

SOURCE Duke Energy

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• A $11 million R&D program to be implemented over the next four years to improve reliability, drive down operating costs and improve safety of offshore wind operations;
• The agreement will provide new digital and service solutions for operating and maintaining wind turbines remotely;
• Collaboration will increase innovation and growth opportunities for the UK supply chain.

GE Renewable Energy and the UK's Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult have today announced a $11 million four-year research partnership aimed at minimizing the time people have to spend offshore, which will enhance both safety and operating costs for offshore wind farms. The "Stay Ashore!" program is built on three pillars:

Reliability by design, which is primarily focused on validation of key wind turbine components.
Enabling full remote operability and troubleshooting of the turbines through advanced digital functionality, to reduce the need to go offshore for unplanned events.
Use of robotics for planned maintenance events, specifically repetitive tasks, inspection activities as well as activities in areas that are difficult to access.

This partnership is aimed at further reducing the operating costs of offshore wind, which will benefit electricity consumers. It is part of GE's broader offshore wind strategy for the UK - collaborating with local partners to drive down the cost of electricity and improve reliability of offshore wind projects.

Minister for Energy and Clean Growth Claire Perry said "We are a nation of innovators and this latest $11 million research partnership between GE Renewable Energy and the Government's ORE Catapult is a fine example of how we're working with industry to embrace cutting-edge technology to ensure the UK offshore sector stays ahead of the pack. As part of our modern Industrial Strategy we're putting the finishing touches to our Offshore Wind Sector Deal to create the right business conditions to export this type of expertise around the world to ensure this sector goes from strength to strength."

John Lavelle, president & CEO of GE's Offshore Wind business, said "By eliminating unplanned offshore human intervention through increasing productivity with digital and robotic tools, in addition to our Haliade-X 12 MW performance and design features, we will contribute significantly to reducing the cost of offshore wind energy."

ORE Catapult Chief Executive, Andrew Jamieson said "This further strengthening of ORE Catapult's partnership with GE Renewable Energy will see significant investment in nationally important R&D, growing not only our expertise but providing opportunities for the UK supply chain to capture domestic and international market share in an offshore wind market expected to be worth $39 billion per year by 2030."

The ongoing collaboration between GE Renewable Energy and ORE Catapult will launch focused technology innovation challenges to the UK Small to Medium Enterprises and academic community, including robotics, blade and tower inspections and repair processes.

About GE Renewable Energy
GE Renewable Energy (gerenewableenergy.com) is a $10 billion business with an innovative spirit and entrepreneurial mindset, bringing together one of the broadest energy products and digital services portfolios in the renewable energy industry. Combining onshore and offshore wind, blades, hydro and innovative technologies such as hybrid systems and concentrated solar power, GE Renewable Energy has installed more than 400+ gigawatts capacity globally to make the world work better and cleaner. With more than 22,000 employees present in more than 80 countries, GE Renewable Energy is working on new ways to power the world's biggest economies and most remote communities.

About ORE Catapult
ORE Catapult (ore.catapult.org.uk) was established in 2013 by the UK Government and is one of a network of Catapults set up by Innovate UK in high growth industries. It is the UK's leading innovation centre for offshore renewable energy. Independent and trusted, with a unique combination of world-leading test and demonstration facilities and engineering and research expertise, ORE Catapult convenes the sector and delivers applied research, accelerating technology development, reducing risk and cost and enhancing UK-wide economic growth. Headquartered in Glasgow, it operates the National Renewable Energy Centre in Blyth, Northumberland and the Levenmouth Demonstration Turbine in Fife.

Contact: Charles Thompson, Marketing and Communications Director
P: +44(0)77 1548 4706 - E: charles.thompson[.]ore.catapult.org.uk.

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ATLANTA, Nov. 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Georgia Power announced today continued progress at the Vogtle 3 & 4 nuclear expansion near Waynesboro, Ga., with the placement of the first two sets of double-decker shield building panels around the outer wall of the Unit 3 containment vessel.

The shield building panels, fabricated in Newport News, Va., provide structural support to the containment cooling water supply and protect the containment vessel, which houses the reactor vessel and associated equipment.

(PRNewsfoto/Georgia Power)
(PRNewsfoto/Georgia Power)

A total of four six-panel sections were placed, with each one measuring 20 feet tall and 114 feet wide. Weighing from 180,000 to 300,000 pounds, the heaviest panels are placed on the west side of containment where the shield building ties into the auxiliary building walls and roof. The shield building is made of steel and concrete in what is known as a steel composite design.

Each placement of shield building panels requires a team of approximately 15 individuals ranging from a crane operator, riggers, spotters, engineers and project managers who work together to ensure each section is placed precisely.

"Placing the six-panel assembly was a new method for us – one that allowed us to set two full courses in just four lifts, thus drastically shortening the duration for setting shield building courses," said Vogtle 3 & 4 Construction Senior Vice President Glen Chick.

The shield building panels are a unique feature of the AP1000 reactor design at the Vogtle nuclear expansion, providing an additional layer of safety around the containment vessel and protecting it from any potential impacts. To date, more than half of the shield building panels have been placed for Unit 3.

About Vogtle 3 & 4
With more than 7,000 construction workers on-site today, and more than 800 permanent jobs available once the units begin operating, Vogtle 3 & 4 is the largest jobs-producing construction project in the state of Georgia.

Follow the progress being made at the project with new photos added to the Plant Vogtle 3 & 4 Online Photo Gallery.

About Georgia Power
Georgia Power is the largest electric subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), America's premier energy company. Value, Reliability, Customer Service and Stewardship are the cornerstones of the company's promise to 2.5 million customers in all but four of Georgia's 159 counties. Committed to delivering clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy at rates below the national average, Georgia Power maintains a diverse, innovative generation mix that includes nuclear, coal and natural gas, as well as renewables such as solar, hydroelectric and wind. Georgia Power focuses on delivering world-class service to its customers every day and the company is consistently recognized by J.D. Power and Associates as an industry leader in customer satisfaction. For more information, visit www.GeorgiaPower.com and connect with the company on Facebook (Facebook.com/GeorgiaPower), Twitter (Twitter.com/GeorgiaPower) and Instagram (Instagram.com/ga_power).

SOURCE Georgia Power

Related Links

http://www.georgiapower.com

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GREENVILLE, S.C., Nov. 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Duke Energy is partnering with the S.C. Technical College System to invest $1 million in grants to expand training opportunities for much-needed utility lineworkers across the state.

The company will need this highly-skilled workforce as it builds a smart, secure and flexible electric infrastructure to better serve customers and keep South Carolina competitive now and in the years ahead.

As Duke Energy and other utilities build the smart-thinking grid of the future – and the industry adapts to an aging workforce that will retire in the coming years – thousands of jobs will be created and filled.The backbone of the workforce is the certified utility lineworker.

"We are transforming the energy grid – making strategic, data-driven investments to improve reliability, use more solar and clean energy and provide customers with the intelligent information they need to make better energy choices and save money," said Kodwo Ghartey-Tagoe, Duke Energy's South Carolina state president. "These investments will reap benefits both immediately and in the years to come, but we must increase the talent pipeline for lineworkers here in South Carolina today to build the smart-thinking power grid of tomorrow."

The Carolinas Energy Workforce Consortium – a partnership of utilities in the Carolinas led by Duke Energy that helps ensure the two states have a sustainable, qualified workforce – is projecting the need for at least 500 lineworker hires every year for the next five years in South Carolina.

The S.C. Technical College Lineworker Grant Program was created to help fill this need and will focus on filling the ranks for existing and new industry demand of certified lineworkers. The grants will fund existing lineworker programs or help create new programs at the state's technical colleges. A committee will award grants twice a year with a maximum grant for any program capped at $200,000.

"Collaborating with industry to meet essential workforce needs is a key tenet of the S.C. Technical College System. This partnership with Duke Energy provides the perfect example of how our system strives to align our degrees and curriculum with community and industry needs," said Dr. Tim Hardee, S.C. Technical College System president. "We look forward to working closely with Duke Energy to address the shortage of much-needed trained lineworkers. Expansion of our offerings will help provide skilled workers who are so important to maintaining our state's infrastructure." 

The utility lineworker

Lineworkers are true heroes in our communities. They daily perform challenging, highly skilled work to provide the energy that drives South Carolina.

The job of a lineworker is critical to the safe and efficient delivery of power for Duke Energy's customers. All lineworkers are trained to respond to major outages in events such as high winds, ice and summer and winter storms.

Lineworkers receive an extensive progression of training over several years. In most cases at each interval, both written and field tests must be successfully completed to demonstrate expertise and job knowledge.

Lineworkers consider it a privilege to serve their communities and they love what they do. The average tenure of a lineworker is between 20 to 30 years, but there are some who've been on the lines for more than 40 years working safe and providing excellent customer service.

About Duke Energy

Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) is one of the largest energy holding companies in the U.S., with approximately 29,000 employees and a generating capacity of 49,500 megawatts. The company is transforming its customers' experience, modernizing its energy grid, generating cleaner energy and expanding its natural gas infrastructure to create a smarter energy future for the people and communities it serves.

The company's Electric Utilities and Infrastructure unit serves approximately 7.6 million retail electric customers in six states – North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky. Its Gas Utilities and Infrastructure unit distributes natural gas to approximately 1.6 million customers in five states – North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio and Kentucky. Its Commercial Renewables unit operates a growing renewable energy portfolio across the U.S.

A Fortune 125 company, Duke Energy was named to Fortune's 2018 "World's Most Admired Companies" list and Forbes' 2018 "America's Best Employers" list.

More information about the company is available at duke-energy.com. The Duke Energy News Center includes news releases, fact sheets, photos, videos and other materials. Duke Energy's illumination features stories about people, innovations, community topics and environmental issues. Follow Duke Energy on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Facebook.

Contact: Ryan Mosier
24-Hour: 800.559.3853

SOURCE Duke Energy

Related Links

http://www.duke-energy.com

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