Friday, March 12, 2010

Duke Energy Carolinas curtails long-range forecast - Charlotte Business Journal:

Duke Energy’s long-range forecast shows slow growth ahead - Charlotte Business Journal::

Charlotte Business Journal - by John Downey Senior staff writer

"Duke says it still will need to build plants with a total capacity of 6,700 megawatts over the next 20 years.

That includes the 825-megwatt coal unit under construction at its Cliffside Steam Station and two gas-fired plants totaling about 1,260 megawatts. Construction of one of the gas plants starts this year. The new facilities also would include the proposed Lee Nuclear Station near Gaffney, S.C. However, the company has yet to fully commit to building that plant.

Those new power facilities would account for about 4,300 megawatts of capacity among the 6,700 planned for the next 20 years.

But that figure is down significantly from the 9,010 megawatts of capacity Duke projected it would need in its previous 20-year forecast."

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