Duke Energy Carolinas announced it will build and operate a 750-MW natural gas-fired combined-cycle plant at the existing Lee Steam Station site in Anderson County, S.C.
"Natural gas-fired combined cycle plants are a good match to meet the significant energy needs of our customers over the next 15 years, and are expected to be an important part of the future Duke Energy Carolinas generation portfolio," said Clark Gillespy, Duke Energy state president - South Carolina. "They are very efficient in the production of electricity using natural gas as fuel and have very low plant emissions."
In April, the Public Service Commission of South Carolina approved the plant. Duke finalized construction plans earlier this month.
"The Lee site is a great location for a combined cycle plant," Gillespy said. "Duke Energy will be able to leverage existing site infrastructure to minimize new generation project costs and impacts to the community and environment."
Construction will begin in summer 2015 and will reach commercial operation November 2017.
The North Carolina Electric Membership Corporation will own 100-MW of the project.
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