Cleaner burning natural gas provides benefits in Florida and the Carolinas
Duke Energy is also building two natural gas power plants in Florida and South Carolina. Building highly efficient natural gas plants is part of Duke Energy’s long-term strategy to meet future demand for reliable electricity in an environmentally responsible way.
In Florida, the Citrus County combined-cycle natural gas plant, targeted to open in 2018, will supply 1,640 MW of power to the more than 4 million people and businesses we serve in the state. The new plant will be one of the cleanest and most efficient in the company’s fleet and contribute about $600 million to the local economy and tax base. Two nearby 1960s-era coal-fired units will be closed when the Citrus plant opens, further reducing our coal capacity by 900 MW and our carbon emissions in Florida by 8 percent. Since 2005, Duke Energy’s air emissions in Florida have been reduced by about 80 percent.
In South Carolina, the new W.S. Lee combined-cycle natural gas plant in Anderson County will supply 750 MW of electricity to the more than 9 million people and businesses served by Duke Energy Carolinas. Construction is well underway and the plant is expected to come on line in November 2017. During the height of construction, 500 temporary construction jobs will be created. Duke Energy previously retired two coal-fired units and converted a third to natural gas at the same site. As of 2014, Duke Energy no longer operates coal-fired plants in South Carolina.