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GOLDSBORO, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s main electric company is shutting down a coal-burning power plant near Goldsboro as it shifts to generating power with cleaner natural gas.

Progress Energy Carolinas officially closed its Lee power plant on Saturday. New gas-fueled units will begin operating early next year.

The subsidiary of Duke Energy opened the first of its three coal units there in 1951 as one of Progress’ first major construction projects after World War II.

Progress says it plans to close all of its coal-fired plants lacking advanced environmental controls by the end of next year.

Progress retired one coal-fired power plant near Lumberton last October. It also aims to shut down plants near Moncure, Wilmington and Hartsville, S.C., by the end of 2013.

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5 Comments on "Progress Energy to retire coal-fired power plant"

2015 years 10 months ago

Now watch your electric bills start to go up. Coal is the cheapest way to produce electricity. Nothing comes close. Progress Energy has applied for a rate increase just last week. Thank you EPA

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2015 years 10 months ago

That’s a complete “mis-truth”. Natural gas is rapidly replacing coal that’s why many coal mines are closing and many power plants are utilizing natural gas for fuel. This is American capitalism at work, has little to nothing to do with the EPA. Yet more paranoid “men in black” conspiricy theory bs…uugh!.

Carry on…

2015 years 10 months ago

Don’t gorget, one of the campaign promises Oblamer made was to get rid of coal fired power plants, at the time I believe he thought electricity just magically appeared, but his promises are coming to be, and it’s gonna cost.

2015 years 10 months ago

the monstrocity of a solar farm Apple built: http://www.carolinaplotthound.com/

Uglier than any coal-fired power plant. I wonder how many trees they killed for this? Not to mention how expensive the electricy is that’s generated and sold to…Duke/Progress Energy…which we’ll pay for in the form of higher electric bills.

2015 years 10 months ago

More increases in electrical costs coming soon. Natural gas may be marginally cleaner, but is more expensive to use than coal. The EPA is responsible for this extra burden being placed on the American people.


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