Buck Steam Station

Retirement: 2013
Capacity: 256 megawatts
Location: Rowan County, North Carolina
Commercial Date: 1926
Status: Retired

Buck Steam Station was once a six-unit coal-fired generating station located on the Yadkin River in Rowan County, N.C. It was Duke Energy's first large capacity coal generating plant built in the Carolinas and was named for the company's co-founder James Buchanan "Buck" Duke.

Units 1 and 2 retired in 1979. Units 3 and 4, 113 megawatts combined, were retired in mid-2011, and units 5 and 6, 143 megawatts combined, were retired in April 2013. Unit 4 was originally ordered and built for a navy vessel during World War II. When the Pentagon canceled the order, the manufacturer offered the unit to Duke Power, a forerunner of Duke Energy. Three combustion turbine units were retired in October 2012.

The coal plant is being demolished through a combination of implosion and mechanical removal of plant structures. That work is expected to conclude in 2020.

The site is now home of the new Buck Combined Cycle Plant, a 620-megawatt natural gas facility that generates electricity very efficiently while reducing air emissions. The plant came on line in late 2011.

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Plant Happenings

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



July 20, 2018 Postcard to neighbors about upcoming activities at the site

June 13, 2018

There will be increased activity on-site the week of June 18 as we use large cranes to shorten four smokestacks. It's all part of our work to decommission the retired coal plant. As work continues over the next several months, you might notice some increased activity and traffic from time to time. Those recreating on the river may also see site activity near the shoreline. We have taken appropriate steps to protect water quality. Thank you for your patience, and rest assured that we are working safely to protect the public and the environment.

April 2018

Construction is expected to begin soon on the new ash reprocessing unit that will allow the company to excavate ash and recycle the processed material to the concrete industry. See our project fact sheet.

Feb. 7, 2018

Update on activities at Buck Steam Station

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