Duke Energy plans gas plants as it moves away from coal, but critics see higher cost and emissions
February 14, 2023
Three years ago, Duke Energy opened its newest natural gas-fired power plant in Asheville, on the site of an old coal-fired plant. Duke wants to build more gas plants around North Carolina as part of its plan to reduce the heat-trapping pollution that comes from electricity generation. But the idea has plenty of critics.
Steam billows from Duke Energy’s natural gas-fired power plant just south of Asheville on a chilly, windy day. The old coal plant operated here for 56 years.