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Duke Energy to layoff 1900 employees.

 
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Duke Energy to layoff 1900 employees.
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Duke Energy Corp. eliminated 1,900 positions in its latest round of job reductions, largely through voluntary buyouts but with some involuntary layoffs included.

That is more than was cut even after Charlotte-based Duke bought Progress Energy Inc. in 2012. After that deal closed in July 2012, Duke eliminated about 1,100 positions. The latest headcount reduction appears to be the largest — at least in actual numbers — in the company’s history.

The company has said the recent job cuts were made to control costs for customers and to get employment at appropriate levels for the demands of its rapidly transforming business.
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They just had to rebuild the entire grid from the ground up down here in mexico beach. Im sure it cost them a fortune. the only thing I can say that they have ever done around here is they allowed another local company in the area to use their transmission lines while they were repairing theirs. Other than that they are not very well liked around here
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That sounds like a big number to suddenly realize is not within appropriate employment numbers range. And we've been paying for this dead weight for how long now?
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Could be they are outsourcing some of those jobs to other companies to save a few bucks. So while they layoff 1900 someone else hires 1900 (although at a reduced salary). This happens all the time.
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Could be they are outsourcing some of those jobs to other companies to save a few bucks. So while they layoff 1900 someone else hires 1900 (although at a reduced salary). This happens all the time.
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Indian companies Cognizant and Wipro provide IT services to Duke Energy. They probably bribed Duke Energy to layoff American workers here so they can hire Indian offshore workers for 1/8th of the wages paid to the American workers.
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This is what will happen with ALL Utlities. Nothing is new here and this has been the trend over the last 10 years. I work directly in the Utility industry with installation of AMI and Private LTE backhauls. Automation and smarter grid products simply force 55 year old meter readers and non-essential field techs to retire. One could say-- new infrastructure should employ new utility employees. No-- most of the solutions rely on a managed solution through the product manufacturer-- so they are the ones increasing in size.
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They will contract or direct hire cheap foreign workers. Our power company uses them as well. Nothing is kept up like used to be it has all went down in quality or their maintenance.
The customers pay for everything might as well be State owned power Company instead of a private one.
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It takes 6 vans and 14 workers to do a 2 man job, so why not?
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This is what will happen with ALL Utlities. Nothing is new here and this has been the trend over the last 10 years. I work directly in the Utility industry with installation of AMI and Private LTE backhauls. Automation and smarter grid products simply force 55 year old meter readers and non-essential field techs to retire. One could say-- new infrastructure should employ new utility employees. No-- most of the solutions rely on a managed solution through the product manufacturer-- so they are the ones increasing in size.
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Well maybe but I always thought the important thing about the grid was the copper and fuel, not IT envy.

Time to go solar.
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It takes 6 vans and 14 workers to do a 2 man job, so why not?
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Like Hose A and Hose B are going to keep your power on?
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I wonder how many H1B work visas they applied for?

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Supply and demand are related. If you have a higher demand because of your "rapidly transforming business", you should need more employees, not less.

This wreaks of profit maximization. Firing employees and making current employees carry 2-3x the workload for the same wages. As usual, this is non-negotiable because "if you don't like it, find a job somewhere else."
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I work at a power plant that thankfully is natural gas powered. Not everything in the power industry can be automated. I was told a long time ago to stick close to the megawatts.

To you renewable energy proponents out there, solar and wind generation can not maintain the power demands of the US. The doesn’t always blow and the sun is only out 1/2 the day on a sunny day. My facility has a 700kw solar farm that we use for hotel/station service. I watch the trend on that farm and when a cloud goes overhead, the power output drops immediately. When the sun comes back out the power comes immediately back. A swing in output like that is devestating to a grid with huge supplies of solar. When load swings so does voltage, when voltage swings so does hertz. Next thing you know the clocks are off by 20 minutes.

Solar and wind can supplement a grid but you MUST have some type of generation that can swing with the solar and wind swings. Nuclear plants are designed to run at full load.

Any idea when the peak load on a grid is in the winter time? At night. How does that work for a solar generation profile? The wind is still there but do you run windmills when it is snowing and freezing rain?

This just scratches the surface of the issues of solar and wind. AOC and other Dimacrats that believe we can get off internal combustion engines in 10 years need to talk to power plant operators, mechanical engineers and grid operators. It will NOT work!
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More winning in the Trump economy!
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I work at a power plant that thankfully is natural gas powered. Not everything in the power industry can be automated. I was told a long time ago to stick close to the megawatts.

To you renewable energy proponents out there, solar and wind generation can not maintain the power demands of the US. The doesn’t always blow and the sun is only out 1/2 the day on a sunny day. My facility has a 700kw solar farm that we use for hotel/station service. I watch the trend on that farm and when a cloud goes overhead, the power output drops immediately. When the sun comes back out the power comes immediately back. A swing in output like that is devestating to a grid with huge supplies of solar. When load swings so does voltage, when voltage swings so does hertz. Next thing you know the clocks are off by 20 minutes.

Solar and wind can supplement a grid but you MUST have some type of generation that can swing with the solar and wind swings. Nuclear plants are designed to run at full load.

Any idea when the peak load on a grid is in the winter time? At night. How does that work for a solar generation profile? The wind is still there but do you run windmills when it is snowing and freezing rain?

This just scratches the surface of the issues of solar and wind. AOC and other Dimacrats that believe we can get off internal combustion engines in 10 years need to talk to power plant operators, mechanical engineers and grid operators. It will NOT work!
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you didn't write that post, someone else did it for you!
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Re: Duke Energy to layoff 1900 employees.
This is what will happen with ALL Utlities. Nothing is new here and this has been the trend over the last 10 years. I work directly in the Utility industry with installation of AMI and Private LTE backhauls. Automation and smarter grid products simply force 55 year old meter readers and non-essential field techs to retire. One could say-- new infrastructure should employ new utility employees. No-- most of the solutions rely on a managed solution through the product manufacturer-- so they are the ones increasing in size.
 Quoting: MaximusRex


Well maybe but I always thought the important thing about the grid was the copper and fuel, not IT envy.

Time to go solar.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 32943040


Solar is no answer.The sun never shines for starters.this is all an evil plan being carried out and the jokes on us.
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It takes 6 vans and 14 workers to do a 2 man job, so why not?
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Like Hose A and Hose B are going to keep your power on?
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said the union
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