Dan River Steam Station
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A break Feb. 2 in a stormwater pipe beneath an ash basin at the retired Dan River Steam Station in Eden, N.C., caused a release of ash basin water and ash into the Dan River. Learn more about Duke Energy's response.
- Retirement: 2012
- Capacity: 276 megawatts
- Location: Rockingham County, North Carolina
- Commercial Date: 1949
In 1948, construction on what was then a cutting-edge coal unit in Rockingham County, N.C. commenced. Units 1 and 2 came online in 1949 and 1950, respectively. And by 1955, a third unit was added. All in all, $31 million was spent for the station’s net capacity of 276 megawatts (MW).
However, by 2008 the technology had quickly surpassed the three units that comprised the station. Duke Energy announced plans to retire the station’s three units, along with three natural gas combustion turbines that had been in operation since 1968.
When the three units were retired on April 1, 2012, the company was already in the midst of replacing the outdated technology. A few hundred yards away, a new natural gas facility was near completion.
The final months of 2012 saw the retirement of the smaller gas units in October and commercial operation of Dan River Combined-Cycle Station in December. The new 620-MW station is cleaner and more efficient, serving up to 620,000 customers – nearly double the capacity of the retired steam station.