Utilities Commission Hears Comments On Duke Coal Plant, Pollution
August 31, 2006
SHELBY, N.C. -- Speakers at a public hearing say Duke Energy should
push energy-saving measures and power from renewable sources before
building more coal-burning generators.
One man told the state Utilities Commission that conservation and
efficiency should be the order of the day.
Local leaders say they're eager for the jobs and increased tax
revenue expected from construction at the utility's Cliffside plant
on the Cleveland-Rutherford county line.
The hearing, and an earlier one in Charlotte on Wednesday night,
will help the commission decide whether there is a need for the
company's first new coal-fired power plants since 1974.
Duke Energy plans to build two 800-megawatt coal-fired generating
units at Cliffside and retire four units that were built in the
1940s. The company says its eight coal-fired plants in North
Carolina and South Carolina generate about half the electricity its