Rogers Energy Complex

Formerly: Cliffside Steam Station
Retirement: 2011 (Units 1-4)
Capacity: 1,387 megawatts
Location: Cleveland and Rutherford counties, North Carolina
Commercial Date: 1940
Status: Operating

Construction for Cliffside’s first unit took a year and a half to complete. That was back in 1939, when power sales in the area had increased 60% in five years. 

Construction of the plant influenced the town’s framework as families moved into the area to build and manage the plant. That first 38-MW unit, along with units 2, 3 and 4 – a total of 198 MW – were retired on October 1, 2011. These units are now part of the company’s decommissioning and demolition program.

Located one-half mile from the original four units is unit 5 in Rutherford County, N.C. In an effort to reduce emissions since its first commercial year in 1972, two upgrades were added to the unit:

However, it’s the commercial operation of unit 6 on Dec. 30, 2012, that culminated the modernization project at the site. More than four years of construction resulted in a revolutionary clean-coal unit that can generate up to 825 MW – enough to power 660,000 average-sized homes.

Have a Question? Email your questions to:
CoalAshQuestions@duke-energy.com

Plant Happenings

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

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Jan. 22, 2019

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ) hosts an open house on Jan. 22, 2019 to gather public input regarding safe closure options for Rogers Energy Complex (Cliffside's) ash basins. Read the two-page overview of the analysis we provided to NCDEQ, including links to site-specific reports regarding closure, groundwater and community impacts. View the cover letter we sent to NCDEQ accompanying these reports.

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