Progress to close Cape Fear and Robinson coal plants

The 177 MW Cape Fear plant in North Carolina and 316 MW Robinson Unit 1 plant in South Carolina have been scheduled for early retirement by Duke Energy subsidiary, Progress Energy for 1st October of this year.

The closures have been speeded up by environmental regulations, rising costs, and older technology.

Cape Fear coal fired power plant

Energy Business Review reports that the other factor that led to the decision of retiring the plants was the natural gas-fired generation powered H.F. Lee Plant near Goldsboro, North Carolina in early 2013 and fleet modernization plan.

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