Slower growth drives Duke Energy's decision to suspend proposed plans for
Harris Nuclear Plant expansion
CHARLOTTE, N.C., May 2, 2013
CHARLOTTE, N.C., May 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Duke Energy notified the Nuclear
Regulatory Commission (NRC) today of plans to suspend its application for two
proposed new nuclear units on its Harris site near New Hill in Wake County,
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Progress Energy Carolinas submitted the combined construction and operating
license application to the NRC in February 2008.
"The Harris site is well suited for new nuclear generation and has not been
eliminated from our long-term consideration as a site to expand our nuclear
fleet," said Dhiaa Jamil, Duke Energy executive vice president and president
of Duke Energy Nuclear.
"Duke uses an integrated resource planning approach to ensure that it reliably
and economically forecasts and plans resources to meet the electricity needs
of its customers well into the future," he added. "Our most recent forecast
indicates two additional nuclear units at Harris will not be needed in the
next 15 years."
Duke Energy is well positioned to meet customers' future energy needs in the
As part of a $9 billion generation fleet modernization program, Duke brought
three power plants (Dan River and H.F. Lee natural gas combined-cycle plants
and Cliffside unit 6) into service in late 2012. The Sutton combined-cycle
plant will come on line later this year.
Duke Energy has operated nuclear plants for more than 40 years, setting
industry benchmarks for safety and efficiency. Nuclear energy, with
zero-carbon emissions, is an important clean-energy resource for the future,
and is a key component of Duke Energy's long-term strategy to reduce its
Duke Energy continues to pursue its application with the NRC for new nuclear
generation for the W.S. Lee site in Gaffney, S.C. and the Levy site in Levy
With almost 28,000 employees, Duke Energy's regulated utilities operate in six
states and serve 7.2 million customers. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke
Energy is a Fortune 250 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under
the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available on the
Internet at: www.duke-energy.com.
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