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.

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.

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Plant Happenings

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



Oct. 21, 2020

Neighbor update on ash basin excavation

April 29, 2020

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality approved the ash basin closure plan for Rogers Energy Complex (Cliffside Steam Station) based on its determination that the plan is “protective of public health, safety, and welfare; the environment; and natural resources and otherwise complies with the requirements of CAMA” (North Carolina’s Coal Ash Management Act).

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: Active Ash Basin Closure Plan; Inactive Ash Basin Closure Plan; Corrective Action Plan.

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