Electric power for Durham County is supplied by Duke Energy Progress and local distributors. Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, Duke Energy provides electricity service to a 91,000 square mile service area across six U.S. states. Over 3.5 million of the company’s nearly 8 million retail customers reside in North Carolina.
Duke Energy enjoys a reputation as being one of the most reliable economic development utility partners in the country. Site Selection magazine has ranked Duke Energy on its annual list of “Top Utilities in Economic Development” every year since 2005.
Duke Energy is committed to aggressively expanding its renewable energy portfolio in the immediate future. The company’s sustainability goals call for doubling its renewable portfolio output to 16 gigawatts by 2025, and to 40 gigawatts for regulated utilities by 2050.
Natural gas service in Durham County is provided by Dominion Energy. Dominion is one of the nation’s largest producers and transporters of energy, supplying electricity and natural gas to customers in 20 states. The company’s rates for industrial customers are 30% lower than the U.S. average on a kilowatt per hour basis.
Dominion Energy operates the third-largest solar portfolio among utility holding companies in the U.S., with more than 2,200 megawatts in operation. Dominion Energy is committed to achieving net-zero carbon dioxide and methane emissions from its power generation and gas infrastructure operations nationwide by 2050.
Durham County enjoys superior broadband connectivity delivered by multiple service providers. According to the 2020 County Broadband Statistics report compiled by BroadbandNow Research, 99.2% of Durham County residents have access to wired broadband services of at least 100 Mbps.