Duke Energy said Thursday it has added three major power plants in recent weeks, including the Cliffside coal-burning power plant that many believe will be the last coal burner approved in the state.
The announcement of 2,365 megawatts of new generation anticipates Charlotte-based Duke's request for rate increase, which is expected in February. The cost of the touted power plants will part of the rate case.
Two of the power plants, in Mooresboro and Eden, belong to the Duke electric utility. Another, near Goldsboro, belongs to Raleigh-based Progress Energy, a Duke Energy subsidiary that already has a rate increase request pending at the N.C. Utilities Commission.
The $2.2 billion Cliffside coal plant, west of Charlotte in the Appalachian foothills, was mired in controversy from the outset and opposed by hundreds of North Carolinians in public comments and letters sent to the N.C. Utilities Commission. The commission in 2007 approved only one of the two coal burners Duke had requested.