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W.S. Lee Steam Station

  • Capacity: 370 megawatts
  • Location: Anderson County, South Carolina
  • Commercial Date: 1951

Lee Steam Station

The William States (W.S.) Lee Steam Station is a three-unit coal-fired generating facility located on the Saluda River in Anderson County, S.C. The facility is named for Duke Power co-founder William States Lee and is one of two Duke Energy coal-fired generating facilities in South Carolina. W.S. Lee operates as a cycling station to supplement supply when electricity demand is highest.

In 2004, Duke Energy entered into a voluntary agreement with the South Carolina Department of Health & Environmental Control to install additional nitrogen oxide emission controls at W.S. Lee Steam Station. The controls support the Greenville/Spartanburg/Anderson Early Action Compact to reduce smog-forming emissions in Upstate South Carolina.

In January 2007, Duke Energy began commercial operation of two new 42-megawatt combustion turbine units. The two units replaced three existing combustion turbine units that were decommissioned at that time.