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Progress Energy breaks ground on power plant addition

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Wilmington's power plant is finding ways to go green. Today, Progress Energy broke ground for the Sutton plant's new, state-of-the-art complex.

The $600 million addition will run on natural gas. It will also be a combined-cycle plant, meaning it will cut carbon dioxide emissions in half and eliminate emissions of mercury and other dangerous gases.

Progress Energy believes the plant will also have several other benefits.

"We're extremely excited," Progress Energy Carolinas CEO Lloyd Yates said. "We think this is a great project. We think it's great for Progress Energy. It's good for our customers. It's good for the area. It's going to create jobs. So we see this being a huge win for everyone involved."

Yates says the change will not affect your energy bill.

The plant's new energy complex is expected to be completed by January 2014.

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I generally favor the use of natural gas as a cleaner source of energy, but I will also be the first to remind Yates of his comment later when our energy costs increase. It is no secret that natural gas is significantly more expensive than coal in generating electricity.