Keith Trent is group executive and chief strategy, policy and regulatory officer for Duke Energy. He is responsible for strategy, federal policy and government affairs, energy efficiency and technology initiatives, environmental health and safety policy, corporate communications and sustainability and community affairs. In addition, Trent has oversight of the regulated utility companies in five states -- Duke Energy Carolinas, Duke Energy Indiana, Duke Energy Ohio and Duke Energy Kentucky. He was named to his current position in April 2007.
Trent has more than 18 years of experience as an accomplished counselor.
He joined Duke Energy in May 2002 as general counsel, litigation. He was responsible for managing all major litigation and government investigations for the enterprise. The labor and employment, and environmental, health and safety legal teams also reported to Trent. He was named group vice president, general counsel and secretary in June 2005. Trent was named group executive and chief development officer in April 2006. He led corporate development, including corporate strategy, and mergers and acquisitions. He was named group executive and chief strategy and policy officer in September 2006.
Trent previously served as a partner in the law firm Snell, Brannian & Trent, since October 1991. Prior to that, he was an attorney at Jackson Walker in Dallas, Texas. He began his career as a reservoir/production engineer with Arco Oil & Gas in Houston in January 1982.
He received a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering, with honors, from Southern Methodist University and earned a juris doctor degree, with high honors, from the University of Texas College of Law. Trent is licensed to practice law in North Carolina and Texas, as well as numerous federal district courts, and the United States Supreme Court. Trent is a member of the Texas State Bar, American Bar Association, Houston Bar Association, North Carolina State Bar and Mecklenburg County Bar.
Trent serves on the board of directors of the National Association of Manufacturers, the board of visitors at the Wake Forest University Babcock Graduate School of Management and is a member of The Keystone Energy Board.
A native of North Little Rock, Ark., Trent was born in 1959. He and his wife, Lucy, have two sons.
Duke Energy, one of the largest electric power companies in the United States, supplies and delivers energy to approximately 4 million U.S. customers. The company has approximately 36,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity in the Midwest and the Carolinas, and natural gas distribution services in Ohio and Kentucky. In addition, Duke Energy has more than 4,000 megawatts of electric generation in Latin America, and is a joint-venture partner in a U.S. real estate company.