Brent Tracy

Track D: Decarbonization and the Grid
Thu/PM 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Key Segment Manager - Manufacturing
Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions
United States
Stability of the Power Grid and the High Costs of Power Disruption

The cost to manufactures from power incidents on their operations is increasing as more operations are reliant on stable power supplies. Even small power bumps can throw an entire assembly line out of synch causing a ripple effect throughout the supply chain beyond the factory and even affect logistics and businesses that rely on real time delivery of products. For some large manufacturing enterprises, a single hour of downtime can easily top the $5 million mark. One point of discussion will be the effect of a power interruption impact to determine the "True" cost of downtime for a business focusing not only on product cost and labor but also on maintenance, repairs, logistics, reassigning employees, rescheduling, etc. A microgrid may offer a flexible platform to address several of these issues and tie multiple technologies to provide a comprehensive solution to help mitigate high cost of power interruptions, assist in GHG reduction and compliance goals, and even control energy costs in a deregulated energy market. We will be showcasing: Duke Energy’s Mount Holly Microgrid Innovation Lab MicroTour is available in the Apple App Store

Brent Tracy has over 30-years’ experience developing energy solutions for customers in multiple vertical markets (C & I, Manufacturing, Federal/ State/County/City Government, Education, and Healthcare). As the current DESS Key Segment Manager for Manufacturing, Mr. Tracy focuses on working with Duke Energy customers helping them reach their resiliency, greenhouse gas emissions, and energy conservation ESG goals through a Design, Own, Operate, and maintain model (DBOOM) and also custom Energy as a Service finance (EaaS) model. Much of the customer engagements entail finding energy asset infrastructure opportunities, solutions, and strategies that include but are not limited to: Onsite Solar, Onsite Wind, Microgrid Controls, Energy Storage, Natural Gas Generators, CHP Plants, Fuel Cells, Virtual PPA’s w/Offsite Renewables, Electric Vehicle charging infrastructure; LED Lighting, HVAC upgrades, Compressed Air optimization, Central Utility Plant boilers and chillers, BAS Controls and Recommissioning of systems (RCx)

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