Duke Energy to ‘phase out CATL from supply chain’ after US national security row

Duke Energy to ‘phase out CATL from supply chain’ after US national security row

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February 29, 2024: Duke Energy is scrapping a BESS supplied with batteries from Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) amid a national security row — and has pledged to “phasing out” the Chinese battery giant’s tech from its entire supply chain, according to US lawmakers.

The move comes after Duke shut down the BESS at US military base Camp Lejeune last December, amid allegations the CATL battery tech posed a potential threat to national security.

Senior members of the US House Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), led by chairman Mike Gallagher, said in a statement published on February 9 Duke had since committed to decommission the CATL battery storage system at Camp Lejeune and will instead install an American alternative.

“Additionally, in our most recent meeting with company leadership, Duke committed to entirely phasing out CATL products from its supply chain.

“We are grateful to Duke for taking this needed first step to protect US grid security from CCP-controlled companies operating in Americans’ backyard.”

And in what might be regarded as an ominous warning to other companies, the statement added: “Others that continue to work with CATL, and other companies under the control of the CCP, should take note.”

Duke has not responded to a request for comment from Batteries International.

CATL has also not responded to requests for comment.

In a statement issued through Reuters last December, CATL said accusations about its batteries posing a potential security threat were false and misleading and that its products had passed rigorous safety and security reviews including those by US authorities and businesses.