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Duke Delays Construction of Gas-Fired Peaker Plant in North Carolina

By Editors of Power Engineering

Thanks to community-based energy efficiency programs, Duke Energy has delayed plans to build a natural gas-fired peaker plant in North Carolina.

The plant, originally set for construction in 2023, will now be built in 2027, the Citizen-Times reported.

Duke said the company’s push to transition the Asheville area to renewable energy could further delay construction of the facility, or eliminate its need entirely.

“That it’s been delayed three years speaks to the success of the task force so far but there’s some additional success coming in the future,” said Duke Energy spokesman Randy Wheeless.

Duke’s other plans for the area remain unchanged, including a new, 560-MW combined-cycle natural gas plant, the demolition of a 376-MW coal-fired plant, which would be replaced by a 650-MW natural gas plant, and solar energy with 5-MW battery storage.  

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