Duke Energy Carolinas (NYSE: DUK) has filed an application for a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Convenience and Necessity with South Carolina regulators seeking approval to construct a 750-MW natural gas-fired combined cycle power plant. The facility would be built at the existing Lee Steam Station in Anderson County, S.C.
Duke filed the application to the Public Service Commission of South Carolina in partnership with the North Carolina Electric Membership Corp., which will own 100 MW of the project if constructed.
According to a statement from Duke, the company has not made a final decision to build a facility at the Lee Steam Plant, but “it is prudent to continue with the regulatory actions necessary to keep the project moving forward.”
If Duke does decide to build the facility, construction could begin after the company receives regulatory approval, with the plant beginning commercial operation as early as June 2017.
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