The new station is part of the company's modernization effort to retire older, less-efficient coal plants and replace them with cleaner-burning natural gas-fueled units — resulting in decreased emissions and higher efficiency.
Capable of powering about a half-million homes, the natural gas combined-cycle plant has nearly double the capacity of the older coal units that were retired on the site in 2012.
Duke Energy Carolinas owns nuclear, coal-fired, natural gas and hydroelectric generation. That diverse fuel mix provides about 20,000 MW of owned electric capacity to about 2.4 million customers in a 24,000-square-mile service area of North Carolina and South Carolina. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 250 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK.