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.

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Plant Happenings

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



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.



With the completed excavation of the Units 1-4 ash basin, we will begin work to modify the dam. This work may be visible at times from the Broad River. We will be using heavy equipment and bringing in materials, like stone, to complete this work. 



Neighbor update postcard about projects over the next two years that will require deliveries of materials to the site. This will result in increased construction vehicle traffic delivering a variety of common construction materials (soil, gravel, concrete, piping, etc.) and specialized equipment to the site. 

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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