Belews Creek Steam Station

Capacity: 2,240 megawatts
Location: Stokes County, North Carolina
Commercial Date: 1974
Status: Operating

Belews Creek Steam Station is a two-unit coal-fired generating facility located on Belews Lake in Stokes County, N.C. It is one of Duke Energy's largest coal-burning power plants in the Carolinas and consistently ranks among the most efficient coal facilities in the United States. Cooling water for Belews Creek Steam Station is provided by Belews Lake, a man-made lake formed when Duke Power built the facility.

Duke Energy has made significant improvements to reduce emissions from the company's coal-fired plants. Both of the Belews Creek generating units are equipped with selective catalytic reduction (SCR) devices to reduce nitrogen oxides emissions by approximately 80% and flue gas desulfurization equipment (scrubbers) to reduce sulfur dioxide emissions by approximately 95%.

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Plant Happenings

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



Jan. 15, 2020

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality is hosting public meetings regarding our ash basin closure plans in February. Plans can be seen here: Ash Basin Closure Plan; Corrective Action Plan.

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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.
    Sep. 11, 2017
    Maintenance activities in fall 2018 at Belews Creek will increase traffic around the plant, primarily from mid-October to mid-November. Plant neighbors may also notice increased activity, and traffic along Pine Hall Road, as Duke Energy closes the site’s ash basin.

    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.

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    Installing groundwater monitoring wells to help inform future ash basin closure recommendations.


    Neighbor letter about our safe basin closure plans, ash basin improvement projects and protecting groundwater.
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