Allen Steam Station

Capacity: 1,140 megawatts
Location: Gaston County, North Carolina
Commercial Date: 1957
Status: Operating

Located in Gaston County, N.C., Allen Steam Station is a five-unit coal-fired generating facility. Units 1 and 2 began operating in 1957; unit 3 in 1959; unit 4 in 1960 and unit 5 in 1961. Named for George Garland Allen, a former president and first chairman of the board for Duke Power, the Allen facility is the only Duke Energy station with five units under one roof.

Duke Energy has made significant improvements to reduce emissions from the company's coal-fired plants. Allen has been equipped with scrubbers to reduce the station's sulfur dioxide emissions by approximately 95%.

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CoalAshQuestions@duke-energy.com

Plant Happenings

Information included in recent neighbor updates, along with work and progress at the site. 

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Oct. 6, 2017 Learn more about our emergency action plans for coal ash facilities. Ash basins continue to operate safely and are highly regulated. Removing water and permanently closing basins, work that is already planned or underway, adds an additional margin of safety. Inundation maps are planning tools that illustrate a worst-case scenario and depict the areas that could be impacted in the unlikely event of a complete dam failure.

2017 - 2018 

Work is underway to prepare for safely closing ash basins. This includes designing and constructing new retention basins for water management; installing state-of-the-art wastewater treatment systems; and installing new equipment to manage all coal ash dry rather than sending it to ash basins. While the work itself will occur on plant property, neighbors may notice periodic equipment deliveries and an increase in construction activities.

 

March-April, 2017 

Duke Energy consultants will be conducting additional testing in groundwater monitoring wells on plant property. They also will be installing additional monitoring wells in a few locations off-site near South Point Road. 

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