Duke Energy has renamed its Cliffside Steam Station in North Carolina the James E. Rogers Energy Complex after former CEO Jim Rogers. Rogers, who stepped down as president and CEO in July and will leave the board at the end of December, had been chairman, president and CEO of Duke Energy since its merger with Cinergy in 2006.
Rogers was an advocate of the modernization of the plant, which was finished in 2012 and included the construction of the new, 825-MW Unit 6. According to a statement from Duke, Rogers decided to retire 1,000 MW of older and higher-emitting coal units across the Duke Energy Carolinas fleet as part of the project, including the four oldest units on the Cliffside site. The upgraded units 5 and 6 produce twice the electricity of the original units 1 through 5 while having significantly lower emissions.
The Cliffside Steam Station modernization project was named runner-up in the coal-fired category of Power Engineering’s Projects of the Year Awards. Jim Rogers was recently named the power industry’s most influential person over the last 25 years in a poll of industry professionals conducted by Power Engineering.