Dan River Combined Cycle Station
- Capacity: 620 megawatts (MW)
- Location: Rockingham County, N.C.
- Commercial Date: 2012
Located in Rockingham County, N.C., Duke Energy's Dan River Combined Cycle Station can generate 620 megawatts (MW) of electricity, capable of powering nearly half a million homes. The new combined cycle plant has operational flexibility, generates cleaner energy and has nearly double the capacity of the old steam station. The new plant's commercial operation in 2012 allowed the three older, less efficient coal units at the adjacent Dan River Steam Station to be retired.
Site preparations began in December 2009 and at its peak, the project created 650 construction jobs.
With the introduction of the combined cycle technology, emissions are significantly reduced compared to the retired steam station.
- 92 percent less nitrogen oxides
- Nearly 100 percent less sulfur dioxide
History of Dan River
From its beginnings, the station and its employees were quickly tied to the community in which it serves. As the first units were constructed in 1948, so was the Duke Power Village. This $120,000 investment was a 12-home neighborhood that provided housing for the plant employees and their families. The company maintained the village until the mid-1950s when employees were given the opportunity to buy the homes and move them offsite.
Many of the employees also participated in a baseball league and played at the on-site Duke Power Ball Field. This field served the community as a practice facility and location to host league games for nearly five decades.