In addition to the news last month of SWEPCO’s Turk Plant beginning commercial operations in Arkansas, another 825-megawatt coal-fueled unit also began operations in North Carolina on December 31, 2012. The unit, owned by Duke Energy, is the newest addition to Duke’s Cliffside facility. And, much like the Turk Plant, it includes state-of-the-art clean coal technologies to reduce its emissions.
According to this article from the Charlotte Business Journal, “Duke touts the state-of-the-art unit as the cleanest coal plant in the state.”
Located in Hempstead County, Arkansas, the Turk Plant is a 600-megawatt plant and is the first ultra-supercritical generating unit to go into operation in the U.S. Because of the clean coal technology the plant relies on, it is able to generate electricity more efficiently at higher temperatures, requiring less coal and producing fewer emissions to generate the same amount of power as existing coal units.
These two latest additions to America’s coal-based electricity fleet will help to ensure clean, reliable and affordable power for residents of North Carolina, Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas.