Asheville Plant

Capacity: 344 megawatts
Location: Arden, North Carolina
Commercial Date: 1964
Status: Retired

The two-unit 344-megawatt Asheville coal plant retired on Jan. 29, 2020. The plant started serving customers in June 1964.

The Asheville Combined Cycle Station, a cleaner-burning, highly efficient natural gas station, replaced the coal plant. In 2017, Duke Energy started building the new 560-megawatt combined-cycle natural gas plant to accommodate burgeoning growth in the area and meet customer 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 new Asheville station uses cleaner-burning natural gas and significantly reduces air emissions. Carbon dioxide emissions will drop by about 60% (per megawatt hour), sulfur dioxide by 99% and nitrogen oxide by 40%. Mercury will also be eliminated. The new station is the most efficient in the Carolinas and 75% more efficient than the retired coal plant. Customers benefit dollar-for-dollar from this efficiency through lower power plant fuel costs.

The Asheville site also has two simple-cycle combustion turbines capable of producing 320 megawatts of energy. 

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