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Duke energy empowers EH&S sustainability and efficiency in support of corporate expansion


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Duke Energy is a leading multinational company that serves 3.9 million residents in the United States alone. Since 1904, the company has grown to employ over 18,000 people with operations across North and South America. One key to its success has been its commitment to Environmental, Health & Safety (EH&S) for sustainability management – evident in the 2007 publication of Duke Energy's first sustainability report and its inclusion in the North America Sustainability Index. To continue moving ahead, however, the company had to find more efficient and effective ways to manage EH&S compliance data within a changing corporate structure.

When the merger between Duke Power and Cinergy produced the Duke Energy Corporation, officials realized that the company's growth would make compliance with new EH&S requirements as well as modifications to existing rules and regulations increasingly burdensome.

Duke Energy met that challenge with Essential Suite software from ESS. Previously, more than 90 percent of Duke Energy's EH&S data was being managed through manual processes and disparate point solutions. The result was a high volume of disjointed EH&S data and processes that made compliance difficult across the newly merged firm. Duke Energy officials recognized that an integrated, centralized EH&S solution could minimize manual and duplicative data entry, processing and retention. ESS was chosen from a group of 17 different vendors to provide Duke Energy's unified EH&S software platform.

By implementing Essential Suite, Duke Energy is replacing over 30 legacy software applications and databases that had previously been used by Duke Power and Cinergy to manage their respective EH&S compliance obligations.

The company's implementation of ESS' integrated platform began with the Essential Air, Essential Compliance Manager and Essential Task Manager modules – which work seamlessly together to drive compliance with EH&S regulations such as Title V of the U.S. Clean Air Act. The new platform enables Duke Energy to track specific regulatory requirements, maintain accurate emissions inventories and verify compliance with permit limits (or plan for permit changes). Then it helps the staff execute by issuing task assignments, sending alerts about potential violations, tracking accountability, recording compliance history, tracking costs, enabling communication across the organization and documenting compliance through data storage and functionality reports.

With Essential Suite, Duke Energy is on track to reduce its total cost of technology ownership, and reduce the risk of disruption due to compliance issues or staff turnover. As additional modules come online in 2008, the company expects to achieve even greater success meeting its strategic sustainability goals.

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