Duke Energy plans to use a new coal blend at the 840 MW Crystal River power plant in Florida. According to the Tampa Bay Times, Duke Energy filed for an air permit to use the blend at units 1 and 2 to help reduce emissions.
The utility would like to keep the units operating until 2018 when a new 1,189 MW natural gas-fired power plant is expected to come online, according to Power Engineering.
The gas plant is expected to cover the lost capacity from the coal units and the shuttered 900 MW nuclear unit at the plant, which Duke had to close after cracks were found in the containment building that were too costly to fix. Two other coal units at the plant have been updated with scrubbers, according to the article.
Progress Energy Florida said in an April filing with the Florida Public Service Commission that retiring units 1 and 2 would be more cost effective than retrofitting them to comply with the Mercury and Air Toxics Standard.