Duke Energy Carolinas plans to construct natural gas plant in South Carolina

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Duke Energy Carolinas will build and operate a 750-megawatt natural gas-fired combined cycle plant at the existing Lee Steam Station site in Anderson County, Powdersville Post reports.

The North Carolina Electric Membership Corporation will own 100 megawatts of the project.The decision to move forward with the project is part of a comprehensive, long-term plan to add new generation, modernize the fleet, maintain a diverse fuel portfolio, and manage customer costs while delivering a high-quality, reliable power supply.

The Public Service Commission of South Carolina approved the plant in April, and the company finalized plans to move forward with construction earlier this month.

The company is in the process of procuring equipment and the contracts to begin construction so the project will be commercially available in November 2017. Construction is expected to begin in summer 2015.

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