Progress Energy Carolinas' plan to replace a third of its coal-fueled generating capacity with natural gas-fueled combined-cycle facilities will yield significant environmental benefits.
Natural gas plants generally emit up to 50 percent less carbon dioxide than do coal-fired power plants, up to 95 percent less nitrogen oxide and virtually no sulfur dioxide or mercury.
In addition, the new power plants will use less water than the current coal-fired units, and eliminate the production of coal ash and its byproducts.
About Progress Energy CarolinasProgress Energy Carolinas, a subsidiary of Duke Energy, provides electricity and related services to nearly 1.5 million customers in North Carolina and South Carolina. The company is headquartered in Raleigh, N.C., and maintains a diverse generation fleet of more than 12,200 megawatts in owned capacity. PEC serves a territory encompassing more than 34,000 square miles, including the cities of Raleigh, Wilmington and Asheville in North Carolina and Florence and Sumter in South Carolina. More information is available at www.progress-energy.com. Media Contact: Lauren Bradford Contact our 24-hour media line: 800-559-DUKE (3853) Follow Progress Energy Carolinas on Twitter: www.twitter.com/ProgEnergyNC_SC Follow Progress Energy Carolinas on Facebook: www.facebook.com/ProgressEnergyCarolinas SOURCE Duke Energy