Robert Sipes serves as the VP of Duke Energy’s Western Carolinas Modernization project. The project encompasses the conversion from coal to gas of the Asheville Power Plant, the addition of significant transmission and substation infrastructure, the implementation of several distributed energy resource projects, and engagement with the community to implement existing and new programs to mitigate peak demand growth, increase efficiency, and reduce electric usage.
Previously, Robert served as Vice President of Business Services, a position he assumed shortly after the Duke Energy/Progress Energy merger in July 2012. Prior to that, he served as Vice President of Distribution for Progress Energy in the Carolinas.
Robert began his career in the energy industry in 1983 performing electric power line construction for Stackhouse Inc. Born in New York and raised in North Carolina, he graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering.
Robert currently serves on the boards of the Pigeon River Fund and the Asheville Art Museum. He is a former chair of the Economic Development Council of Asheville, N.C., and the Community Energy Advisory Council of Western North Carolina.
He has also served as vice chair of the Asheville Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Buncombe County Environmental Advisory Board.
Sipes and his wife, Alison, have one child. In his spare time, he enjoys bicycling, motorcycling, reading, hiking, technology and gadgets.