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Progress Energy says goodbye coal, hello natural gas

Progress Energy's plan to go green will bring new jobs to Wilmington. Progress Energy plans to retire its coal-fired units and replace them with structures fueled by natural gas. The company filed plans Friday for $600-million dollar project. Not only will the construction project bring jobs to the Wilmington area, Progress Energy says the natural gas facility will help keep energy prices low, and eliminate coal and ash emissions. The switch from coal to natural gas is expected to be complete by 2014.

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Meanwhile, the Asian markets...

...are buying our coal as we can get it out of the ground! They're no dopes! They know that coal is plentiful and will always be cheap. Right now, natural gas is cheap, but it's been expensive in the past. Let the economy recover fully, let us have a few back-to-back really cold Winters, and see what happens to the price of natural gas. BTW, the Obama EPA is now "increasingly concerned" with ground water contamination caused by drilling for natural gas. Natural gas....the next target...???

Progress Energy

This is definitely a cleaner way to go, but the article is not completely accurate. Natural gas will keep energy prices low, but not as low as coal fired production of energy. This is EPA driven.


thanks for something progress energy, the sutton plant is the biggest polluter in the state dumping 300 pounds of toxic mercury into the surrounding area every year. More than what is expected of titan cement plant.


can you please post up the location of your data sources with links on this....