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Duke Energy’s (NYSE: DUK) 618 MW Edwardsport coal gasification power plant in Indiana began commercial operations on June 10. The plant completed the necessary steps to be declared commercial on June 7.
The plant uses technology to gasify coal, remove sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide and particulates, and burn that gas to produce electricity. Duke reached a settlement with Indiana regulators to place a cap on project costs that could be recovered from customers at $2.65 billion, though the company estimated the project would cost approximately $2.88 billion. Duke first got state approval for the plant in November 2007.
The plant replaces the 160 MW Edwardsport coal-fired power plant located adjacent to the new plant.
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