Duke Energy Progress' Sutton natural gas plant goes online in the Carolinas

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Duke Energy Progress' nearly $600 million, 625 MW L.V. Sutton combined-cycle natural gas plant has begun commercial operations, serving North Carolina and South Carolina customers. The new natural gas plant, replaces a 575 MW coal-fired plant that was retired after 59 years.

The new plant will reduce emissions significantly compared to the coal-fired plant. According to Duke Energy, Sutton's natural gas plant will reduce sulfur dioxide by 99 percent, nitrogen oxides by 97 percent and carbon dioxide by 41 percent, when compared to coal plant operations in 2007.  

Over the past decade, Duke Energy has invested $9 billion dollars, allowing the retirements of nearly 6,800 MW in coal- and oil-fired units.

Duke Energy will retire nearly 6,300 MW in coal generation, representing 25 percent of its coal fleet. By the end of 2013, Duke Energy will have retired about 3,800 MW.

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