News Release
Oct. 13, 1999


Duke Power’s Belews Creek Steam Station recently celebrated its silver anniversary. Located near Walnut Cove, N.C., Belews Creek is Duke Power’s largest coal-fired station.

"This station is a valuable and integral part of our system," said Marc Susinno, Belews Creek Station Manager. "It can generate over 50 million kilowatt-hours of electricity every day, helping to meet the growing energy demands of our customers."

One of the workhorses of the Duke Power system, Belews Creek stands out among the nation’s other coal-fired plants. Last year, the station was recognized for being the most efficient coal-fired plant in the nation and for having some of the lowest non-fuel operating and maintenance costs. High efficiency translates into less coal burned for the same amount of electricity generated.

"Belews Creek works hard to balance the need for electricity with the environment," continued Susinno. "The station has recently completed the first of two projects to install equipment to control emission of nitrogen oxide (NOx), one of the components in the formation of ozone. This equipment has cut NOx emissions in half on one of the two units. We will make the same modifications to the remaining unit next spring."

Precipitators are used at Belews Creek, as well as at all other Duke Power coal-fired stations, to capture more than 99 percent of the ash residue particulates left after the burning of coal. The majority of the ash collected at Belews Creek (80 percent) is then sold to independent contractors as a beneficial additive in concrete products.

Belews Creek Steam Station is named for Belews Creek, which forms Belews Lake. It is a 2-unit plant, each unit capable of generating 1,200 megawatts of electricity. Unit 1 began commercial operation in 1974 and Unit 2 in 1975. Belews Creek is one of the area’s largest taxpayers and employers.

Duke Power, a business unit of Duke Energy, is one of the nation’s largest electric utilities and provides safe, reliable, competitively priced electricity to nearly two million customers in North Carolina and South Carolina. Duke Power operates three nuclear generating stations, eight coal-fired stations, 31 hydroelectric stations and numerous combustion turbine units. Total system capability is 19,252 megawatts.

Duke Energy (NYSE-DUK) is a global energy company with more than $29 billion in assets. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., the company reaches into more than 50 countries, producing energy, transporting energy, marketing energy and providing energy services. In the United States, Duke Energy companies provide electric service in North Carolina and South Carolina; operate interstate pipelines that deliver natural gas to various regions of the country; and are leading marketers of electricity, natural gas and natural gas liquids. Additional information about the company is available on the Internet at:

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