Asheville Plant

Capacity: 376 megawatts
Location: Arden, North Carolina
Commercial Date: 1964
Status: Operating

The Asheville Plant has a two-unit 376-megawatt coal-fired plant and two simple-cycle combustion turbine units that can burn fuel oil or natural gas and produce 324 megawatts of energy.  

In 2017, Duke Energy started building a new 560-megawatt combined-cycle natural gas plant at the site to accommodate burgeoning growth in the area and meet customers’ demand. Building highly efficient natural gas plants is also part of the company’s balanced approach to providing customers reliable and increasingly clean energy. Though the new natural gas plant is geographically located in Arden, N.C., its energy is fed to the grid, which benefits customers in both North Carolina and South Carolina.
The existing coal-fired units will retire no later than January 2020 after the new natural gas plant starts serving customers in late 2019. 

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Plant Happenings

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



Dec. 6, 2017 Update to neighbors on construction activities for many projects ongoing at the plant for the next several years
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.

May - July 2017 

Crews at the Asheville combined-cycle project are removing rock by drilling 10- to 20- feet into the ground to prepare the site for the new natural gas plant. Though crews will be performing drilling activities every 2-3 days, we don't expect project neighbors to hear additional noise from the drilling process.

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