Duke Energy Renewables recently said its Renewable Control Center (RCC), which was relocated to Charlotte, North Carolina, in 2015, now provides over 3,500 megawatts of wind and solar energy to plants across 12 states.
"The expanded Renewable Control Center is at the heart of our growing renewable operations across the U.S.," Duke Energy Renewables and Distributed Energy Technology President Rob Caldwell said. "The enhanced RCC increases our ability to safely and reliably operate wind and solar plants across the country and maximizes the performance of our assets and those of our third-party customers."
Of the 3,500 megawatts now provided by the RCC, 2,500 are generated by Duke Energy Renewables and 1,000 by third parties. Facilities served include wind, solar and battery installations. Mindful of the center’s rapid growth, Duke Energy Renewables is now working to improve the facilities' safety measures, including cyber security.
"The RCC greatly enhances our boots-on-the-ground operations, maintenance and safety offerings to other renewable-energy operators," Duke Energy Renewable Operations Vice President Jeff Wehner said. "We're now able to offer both our expertise as owner-operators and the advanced technology and security of a CIP-compliant control center to others in the renewable industry," Wehner said. "This gives them access to a proven operator without having to invest the time and money to build a control center of their own."