Introduction Coal-Fired Plants
At Duke Energy, we have been designing and building our own coal-burning plants since 1923. And for more than three decades, we have operated one of the nationís most efficient fossil generating systems. This has meant lower operating costs for Duke Energy and lower electric rates for our customers.
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, about 37 percent of all electricity generated in the United States comes from coal. It is plentiful and affordable; our challenge is to find ways to burn it more cleanly. We take our responsibility to the environment very seriously and continue to modernize our plants, and to build new ones that are cleaner and more efficient.
Duke Energy also effectively manages air emissions by using a diverse mix of fuels to generate electricity, operating efficiently and employing emission reduction technologies. As a result, our emission levels of nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide and carbon dioxide at our electric generating facilities are below the latest industry averages.