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Duke Energy Powers-up Anderson County, South Carolina, Combined-Cycle Natural Gas Plant

06/05/2018
Duke Energy today opened its new 750-megawatt combined-cycle natural gas plant at the W.S. Lee Station in Anderson County, South Carolina.

"Highly efficient natural gas plants, like W.S. Lee, are helping us deliver a cleaner, smarter energy future for our customers," said Lynn Good, chairman, President & CEO of Duke Energy.

"South Carolina is important to Duke Energy, and new investments like this further our commitment to power this community with reliable, affordable energy, while continuing to be a partner that's helping prepare the region for future growth,” Good added.

The new combined-cycle unit is also expected to generate about $4.4 million in tax revenue in 2019 for Anderson County.

According to company officials, “customers rely on energy today more than ever, and that demand will continue to increase during the next 15 years. Building highly efficient natural gas plants is part of Duke Energy's balanced approach to modernizing the fleet, maintaining a diverse fuel portfolio, managing costs and providing reliable and increasingly clean energy to communities across South Carolina.”

“Combined-cycle natural gas units generate energy more efficiently and release significantly lower emissions than coal-fired units. For example, nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide and other emissions are expected to drop by 87 percent overall in comparison to the station's previous coal-fired operation,” Energy company officials explained.

"The Lee Steam Plant is so important to this area," said Anderson County Councilwoman Cindy Wilson. "You have reinvented and innovated your way to this point, and many people here today will have descendants we anticipate in a hundred years gathering back here and across our county to celebrate another wonderful announcement."

Duke Energy closed two coal-fired units at the W.S. Lee Station in 2014 and converted a third coal unit to natural gas in 2015. The company no longer operates any coal plants in South Carolina.

Since 1951, Duke Energy's W.S. Lee Station has helped power the economic growth of the region, and that tradition continues with this new plant, officials said.. Construction of the $700 million plant started in March 2015.

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