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Duke Energy’s Rail-Strike Plans Include Trucking Coal and Using More Gas

The Duke Energy Corp. coal-fired Asheville Power Plant in Arden, North Carolina.

The Duke Energy Corp. coal-fired Asheville Power Plant in Arden, North Carolina.

Photographer: Charles Mostoller/Bloomberg

Duke Energy Corp., one of the biggest US electric utilities, has backup plans that include relying more on gas-fired power generation in case a threatened US rail strike stops the flow of coal to its plants.

“Continued rail transportation is a critical component to maintaining reliable operations however, in the event of a strike, we have contingency plans in place to mitigate a disruption,” spokeswoman Jennifer Sharpe said Wednesday in an email.