Duke contemplates retiring additional coal-fired capacity in response to coal ash spill

file

Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) is considering closing units at two coal-fired plants in response to the coal ash spill at Dan River in North Carolina, according to a report from the Charlotte Business Journal.

In a letter to North Carolina officials, Duke CEO Lynn Good wrote Duke is prepared to close the 530-MW Unit 5 at the James E. Rogers Energy Complex, formerly known as Cliffside Steam Station, and the two-unit 376-MW Asheville Plant if the open pit ponds at those sites cannot be converted to safer dry-storage ash basins, according to the Business Journal. Duke is also moving ash from ponds at its shuttered Dan  River and Riverbend steam stations to lined storage within two to five years.

A spokesperson for Duke told the Business Journal the company is in the very early stages of looking at the ponds and the units. The closings are not in the current 15-year plan for either Duke Energy Carolinas or Duke Energy Progress, according to the Business Journal.

Both facilities have had emissions control technology installed in the past 10 years. The Asheville Plant had flue gas desulfurization units, known as scrubbers, begin operating in one unit in 2005 and in the other unit in 2006. Duke has also installed a selective catalytic reduction unit at the site.

The company installed an SCR system at Unit 5 of the Rogers Energy Complex in 2002 and installed a scrubber on the unit in 2010.

The Rogers Energy Complex also houses a new 825-MW Unit 6, a $1.8 billion near ultra-supercritical unit with 99 percent SO2 removal and 90 percent mercury removal over a wide range of fuels.  Unit 6 began commercial operation on Dec. 30, 2012.

 

Sponsored by FLSmidth

Related Articles

Fuel Tech receives air pollution control contracts worth $3.6Mn

Fuel Tech Inc. has received multiple air pollution control (APC) contracts, worth approximately $3.6 million, from customers in China, Europe and the U.S.

Cleaver-Brooks demonstrates the power of total integration at POWER-GEN International

Cleaver-Brooks is showcasing a variety of its full range boilers at booth #1213. Cleaver-Brooks boilers offer the best efficiency with the lowest emissions possible.

Follow Power Engineering on Twitter

Latest News

Shutterstock coal production trucks

Weekly Coal Production

The Weekly Coal Production shows how much coal is being produced across the U.S.

Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas Weekly Economic Indicators financial business

The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas' Economic Indicators

The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas offers a glimpse into how the markets are doing domestical...

Kvaerner awarded contract for gas-fired power plant in Delaware

Kvaerner North American Construction Inc. and its joint venture partner, Parsons Brinckerhoff...

Canadian Solar purchases two solar projects

Canadian Solar Inc. has acquired a majority interest in two utility-scale solar power project...

Operators Restart Unit 2 at PPL Susquehanna

Unit 2 at the PPL Susquehanna nuclear power plant near Berwick, Pa. resumed generating electr...

Settlement agreement limits cost recovery at Edwardsport

The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) on Dec. 27 modified and approved a settlemen...

Toshiba in talks to sell portion of Westinghouse nuclear unit

Toshiba Corp is in talks  to sell up to 16% of its stake in the Westinghouse Electric Co...

Utah nixes nuclear waste storage facility

Plans to park radioactive waste at a storage facility in Utah have been officially called off.

Power Engineering Current Issue

03/01/2014
Volume 118, Issue 3
1403PE-cover

Products Showcase

Dynamic Fluoride Ion cleaning DFIC of industrial natural gas turbines Hi-Tech Furnace Systems

Dynamic Fluoride Ion Cleaning of IGT Parts

The Dynamic Fluoride Ion Cleaning (DFIC) Process from Hi-Tech Furnace Systems is able to clean deep, narrow cracks of oxides by cycling between negative, atmospheric, and positive pressure.

Archived Articles

2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013

Buyers Guide Product Listings

Boilers

Designs, manufactures, sells, leases and rents ...

Boilers

Designs, manufactures, sells, leases and rents ...

Boilers

Designs, manufactures, sells, leases and rents ...

Consulting Services

Design and analysis of power plant structures i...

Power Industry Wire News

American Leisure Holdings, Inc. Reports on Wholly Owned Subsidiary Financials

American Leisure Holdings, Inc. Reports on Wholly Owned Subsidiary Financials

Airbus Group Completes Successful Flight Tests of Laser-Based Airspeed Sensor System

Airbus Group Completes Successful Flight Tests of Laser-Based Airspeed Sensor System

Bayport International Holdings, Inc. (BAYP) Announces Completion of the Brown Lease in McIntosh County, Oklahoma

Bayport International Holdings, Inc. (BAYP) Announces Completion of the Brown Lease in ...

National Hockey League Names Constellation Its Official Energy Provider, Will Offset Carbon Footprint Across All 30 Team Markets

National Hockey League Names Constellation Its Official Energy Provider, Will Offset Ca...

BioCNG, LLC Announces Groundbreaking on BioCNG Vehicle Fuel System and Pipeline for Grand Junction, Colorado's Persigo WWTP

BioCNG, LLC Announces Groundbreaking on BioCNG Vehicle Fuel System and Pipeline for Gra...

Power Engineering

Article Archives for Power Engineering Magazine

Continuing Education

Professional Development Hours

To access a course listing associated to a specific topic listed below, click on the topic of choice from the list below.

Latest Energy Jobs

View more Job Listings >>