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Duke shelves Harris nuclear plant expansion plans

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Citing slow growth in power demand, Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) has suspended plans to expand the Harris nuclear plant in Wake County, N.C., with two new units.

“Our most recent forecast indicates two additional nuclear units at Harris will not be needed in the next 15 years,” said Dhiaa Jamil, president of Duke Energy Nuclear. The application to expand the facility was filed with the NRC in 2008.

As part of its wider fleet modernization effort, a $9 billion program, Duke brought three power plants into service in 2012 (two combined cycle gas plants and a coal plant), with an additional combined cycle plant planned for later this year.  Jamil stated that the Harris site has not been eliminated from Duke’s “long term consideration as a site to expand [its] nuclear fleet.”

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