Earlier today, the North Carolina Division of Air Quality awarded Duke Energy its final air quality permit needed to expand its Cliffside coal-fired plant. This strongly contested permit allows Duke Energy to install a new 800 megawatt boiler. The energy company is, however, required to do several things:
(1) Shut down Units 1-4 at the Cliffside location.
(2) By 2018, it must shut down an additional 800 megawatts of older coal-fired units in North Carolina.
(3) It must make the project carbon neutral by 2018 (mainly by using carbon offsets).
This in an unfortunate result but the local community and environmental organizations are to be commended for fighting a good fight. I am sure this is not the last we will hear of this.
The N.C. Division of Air Quality's press release can be found here.
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