W.C. Beckjord Station Retirement Plans
Duke Energy Ohio anticipates it will retire all six, coal-fired units at W.C. Beckjord Station, in New Richmond, Ohio, by January 1, 2015.
The nearly 60-year-old power plant, located southeast of Cincinnati, has served customers well for many decades. However, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expected to implement new environmental regulation that would require cost-prohibitive equipment upgrades and retrofits to the plant.
The mission of Duke Energy Ohio has always been to provide its customers with electricity that is affordable, reliable and clean. As the EPA moves toward additional regulations on power plant emissions, the coal-fired units at Beckjord Station will no longer be an economically viable generating option.
The EPA’s new standards, known as the Utility Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) rule, are expected to be implemented on January 1, 2015. Due to the age and physical limitations of the Beckjord facility, the MACT rule would require hundreds of millions of dollars - to which our customers would be exposed - to bring the plant into compliance. This fact, combined with a lower plant usage forecast, compelled Duke Energy Ohio to accelerate Beckjord’s anticipated retirement date.
Barring a change to plant economics—including variables like fuel costs, power prices, additional environmental regulations and capital or maintenance expenses—Duke Energy Ohio will continue operating the coal-fired units until the anticipated 2015 retirement date.
Duke Energy is hosting this website to keep all Beckjord stakeholders apprised of developments regarding the plant’s retirement and future. The company is committed to maintaining an open, continuous dialogue with these important stakeholders.
If you have questions, please send them to BeckjordInfo@Duke-Energy.com.