Video: Duke Energy demolishes coal-fired Sutton Plant

Sutton Bridge power plant press photo

Duke Energy reached another important milestone Sunday after imploding one of three boiler units at the retired coal-fired L.V. Sutton Plant.

The company continues to remove older coal units as part of a plan to shift to cleaner, more efficient energy sources in North Carolina.

View a video of the implosion event here:

The company retired the coal units in 2013 after a new natural gas-fired plant came into service at the site. The new natural gas units generate electricity more efficiently for customers and with lower emissions than the coal plant did during its operation.

Since 2013, the team has prepared the site for full demolition. Part of this work includes removing the two iconic red-and-white striped smokestacks. Using a ring-like structure attached to the smokestacks, crews have torn down the structures piece by piece. The company expects this phase to be completed in the coming weeks.

The April 10 implosion is the first of three similar events to take place at the Sutton Plant. The next is scheduled in May and the final demolition event will take place in the fall of 2016.

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