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Buck Steam Station

  • Retirement: 2013
  • Capacity: 256 megawatts
  • Location: Rowan County, North Carolina
  • Commercial Date: 1926

Buck Steam Station

Buck Steam Station is a four-unit coal-fired generating station located on the Yadkin River in Rowan County, N.C. It was Duke Energy’s first large capacity coal generating plant built in the Carolinas and was named for the company’s co-founder James Buchanan "Buck" Duke.

Units 3 and 4, 113 megawatts combined, were retired in mid-2011, and units 5 and 6, 143 megawatts combined, were retired in April 2013. Unit 4 was originally ordered and built for a navy vessel during World War II. When the Pentagon canceled the order, the manufacturer offered the unit to Duke Power, a forerunner of Duke Energy. Three combustion turbine units were retired in October 2012.

The site also is the home of the new Buck Combined Cycle Plant, a 620-megawatt natural gas facility that generates electricity very efficiently while reducing air emissions. The plant came online in late 2011.