Duke Energy to retire NC coal plant, invest in natural gas, partly tied to switch at Evergreen Packaging mill

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Duke Energy to retire NC coal plant, invest in natural gas, partly tied to switch at Evergreen Packaging mill

May 25, 2015 - 04:50
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ASHEVILLE, NC, May 25, 2015 (Local News) -Duke Energy Progress announced plans Tuesday to shutter and eventually demolish its 51-year-old, coal-fired plant at Lake Julian, opting instead to rely on natural gas to meet a growing demand for electricity.

If granted state approval, the natural gas facility could be online by 2020 and would be built on Duke property near the existing plant. That facility currently is able to produce 376 megawatts of power. The new plant could generate 650 megawatts.

Solar arrays also would be added to the site and would sit over land now home to coal ash ponds once those areas are properly remediated, Duke officials said.

Citizen-Times - Duke plans to retire Asheville coal plant, replace with natural gas

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