Coal-fired unit to shut down

Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) plans to shut the 163 MW Unit 6 at the Miami Fort generating station in Ohio by 2015.

News reports said the unit is 50 years old and does not have emissions control technology on it. Bringing the unit into compliance with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules would be uneconomic, Duke officials were quoted as saying in reports. The unit provides electricity primarily to customers in Kentucky.

The announcement came weeks after Duke said it would close all six units at the 862 MW W.C. Beckjord coal-fired power plant in Ohio by 2015 to comply with the EPA’s Utility MACT rule.

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