Robert Caldwell



Rob Caldwell is president of Duke Energy Renewables and distributed energy technology. He leads the company’s commercial portfolio business, consisting of nonregulated renewable energy, energy management, battery storage and electric transmission businesses.
In addition, Caldwell has responsibility for renewables, distributed energy resources and wholesale power sales for Duke Energy’s regulated utilities. In this role, he is responsible for developing policies, strategies and business development activities related to distributed and renewable energy generation; combined heat and power; and microgrid and energy storage. His responsibilities also include wholesale power origination. Caldwell assumed his current position in July 2016.
Caldwell began his career with Progress Energy in 1998 and held various leadership positions. He has managed strategic planning, fuel procurement, power marketing and trading, energy efficiency, demand side management, electric vehicles, smart grid and emerging technology.
A native of Michigan, Caldwell earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Central Michigan University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Michigan State University.
He serves on the boards of Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) and North Carolina Energy Policy Council. He is also vice chair of the board of directors for Advanced Energy Corporation and board chairman of the Charlotte-based energy accelerator CLT Joules.
Caldwell and his wife, Linda, live in Charlotte, N.C., and have three children and three grandchildren.