Duke Energy Senior Vice President Melody Birmingham-Byrd has been named one of Black Enterprise’s most powerful women in corporate America
Melody Birmingham-Byrd was 22 when she vaulted into management, taking a job as a front-line supervisor at a General Motors plant in Rochester, N.Y. She oversaw members of the United Automobile Workers whose backgrounds were about as different from hers as they could possibly be – most were male, white, older and experienced. But Birmingham-Byrd was determined to do right by her team, to provide the type of supportive, positive leadership she felt her parents never got in their assembly line jobs.
Through incentive program, Putnam County Hospital makes HVAC improvements and saves
You might need to spend money to make money, but sometimes you’ve got to spend money to save it, too.
Putnam County Hospital in Greencastle, Ind., made extensive energy efficiency upgrades last year and earned $114,263 in incentives from Duke Energy. In addition, the hospital reaps the benefits of its investment each month when it pays less for energy.
With the help of other Duke Energy employees, their idea is becoming a reality
Rick Freeman left work thinking about a conversation he had with his co-worker Brandon Garrison about how to improve a safety process at Allen Steam Station. The next day, he came back to work with an idea that could save lives in factories and power plants nationwide.
He and Garrison came up with the idea for a slidelink cover, a device the size of a business card that could help prevent electrocutions during the lockout-tagout safety procedure.
CHARLOTTE, N.C., February 15, 2019 /3BL Media/ – Duke Energy has received the Edison Electric Institute’s (EEI) “Emergency Recovery Award” for the company’s outstanding power restoration efforts after Hurricane Florence hit North Carolina and South Carolina in September 2018.
The Emergency Recovery Award is given to select EEI member companies to recognize their extraordinary efforts to restore power to customers after service disruptions caused by severe weather conditions or other natural events.
Fascinated by how things work, NC A&T State University student is becoming an engineer
As a young child, Jonathan Reddix loved riding the merry-go-round at the zoo.
While other riders waved to their parents and posed for pictures, he’d stare at the overhead gears and pulleys, trying to figure out what made the merry-go-round spin.
He said his mother and grandmother laugh about those rides, and his early fascination with how things work. His family’s also proud that his studies resulted in top grades, scholarships and a strong interest in engineering.
Duke Energy is proud to once again be named to Forbes’ Best Employers for Diversity. We serve increasingly diverse communities in an increasingly complex world. That is why diversity and inclusion are central to both our work today and our vision for the future.
Employees share the importance of celebrating Black History Month
Since 1976, February has been a designated month to honor the accomplishments of black Americans and celebrate their contributions to our culture and history. Black History Month and other history and heritage celebrations support Duke Energy’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. According to Duke Energy’s Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Joni Davis, these holidays give us an opportunity to better understand the rich traditions and cultures of Duke Energy's employees, customers and communities it serves.
On MLK Day of Service, hundreds of Duke Energy employees fanned out across our communities to serve others. Each year, thousands of people across the country spend the day serving their communities to carry on the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
From packing STEM kits for local students and stuffing teddy bears for children impacted by disaster to serving food and building homes for those in need, Duke Energy In Action volunteers put our purpose into action: to power the lives of our customers and the vitality of our communities.
Black Enterprise Magazine has once again named Duke Energy to its “50 Best Companies for Diversity” list. The companies singled out for distinction demonstrated a significant commitment to diversity in four key areas: board of directors, employee base, senior management and supplier diversity.
The announcement reflects Duke Energy’s long-standing commitment to foster diversity in our workplace and communities, as well as with the suppliers and providers with whom we partner to serve our customers. Among the programs that Duke Energy offers to advance diversity and inclusion are: