Coal, O&M

Duke Energy to retire W.C. Beckjord Station coal-fired units

Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) announced Thursday that the company will retire the remaining coal-fired units, 5 and 6, at its W.C. Beckjord Station in New Richmond, Ohio, effective Sept. 1.

Previously Duke announced its intent to retire Beckjord Station’s coal-fired units 1 through 6 – totaling 862-MW of generating capacity – by Jan. 1, 2015.

“As we begin a multiyear process to decommission the plant, I’d like to take this opportunity to reassure the community that Duke Energy will still own and safely manage the site throughout this process,” said Chuck Whitlock, Duke Energy President of Midwest Commercial Generation and Vice President of Gas Operations.

Unit 1 was retired in 2012; Units 2 and 3 were retired in 2013; and Unit 4 retired earlier this year.

The site will continue to operate the four, 244-MW oil-fired combustion turbines, and certain substation and transmission or distribution electrical equipment.

Retirement of the units are subject to regulatory approval.

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