Duke Energy plans to reduce emissions at Crystal River coal-fired units

Duke Energy reduce emissions Crystal River coal-fired power plant coal blend nuclear Progress Energy Florida

Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) said it wants to use a new coal blend at the 840 MW Crystal River power plant in Florida, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Duke filed for an air permit to use the blend at units 1 and 2 to help reduce emissions, the article said. The utility would like to keep the units operating until 2018 when a new 1,189 MW natural gas-fired power plant is expected to come online. The gas plant is expected to cover the lost capacity from the coal units and the shuttered 900 MW nuclear unit at the plant, which Duke had to close after cracks were found in the containment building that were too costly to fix. Two other coal units at the plant have been updated with scrubbers, the article said.

Progress Energy Florida said in an April filing with the Florida Public Service Commission that retiring units 1 and 2 would be more cost effective than retrofitting them in order to comply with the Mercury and Air Toxics Standard.

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