Duke Energy is investing in new natural gas plants
Western Carolinas project will yield major environmental benefits
Duke Energy has received approval from the North Carolina Utilities Commission for its proposed Western Carolinas Modernization Project. The project, estimated to cost approximately $1 billion, will accelerate the retirement of two coal-fired units while simultaneously providing for the rapidly increasing electricity demand driven by economic and population growth in the region.
- Construction of two 280-MW combined-cycle natural gas power plant units, targeted to be in service in 2020, at its existing Asheville (North Carolina) Plant.
- Future solar generation totaling 15 or more MW at the site or in the region.
- Large-scale electricity storage in the coming years totaling 5 or more MW at the site or elsewhere in the Western Carolinas.
- A partnership with communities in the fastgrowing, nine-county Duke Energy Progress-West region to reduce electricity use through innovative energy efficiency programs and customer education.
- Early retirement of the site’s two coal-fired units that together generate 324 MW of electricity.
- Carbon dioxide emissions per MWh will decrease by about 60 percent.
- Sulfur dioxide emissions will drop by about 99 percent.
- Nitrogen oxide emissions will fall by about 45 percent.
- Mercury emissions will be reduced to negligible levels.
“The project underscores our company’s strong commitment to work closely with local communities to create a smarter, cleaner energy future,” says Robert Sipes, Duke Energy’s general manager of delivery operations for Western North Carolina.