Duke Energy is transforming the way we provide energy to our customers. By the end of 2013, we retired seven of our 14 coal-fired plants in North Carolina, and once retired, these plants enter our decommissioning program. This is a comprehensive, site-specific and methodical process that takes several years to complete.
After more than a year and a half of planning and preparation, the boilers of Duke Energy Progress' H.F. Lee Steam Plant, in Goldsboro, N.C., were imploded by our demolition specialist on June 20, 2014. The first implosion at the site occurred on Dec. 20, 2013 and took down the two smokestacks. See the video here: http://youtu.be/sXeYf-ANXJI
By retiring, decommissioning and demolishing our older, less efficient coal units, Duke Energy has the opportunity to modernize our generation fleet to better serve our customers in the future. With the culmination of the demolition activities, Duke Energy will be able to move forward with our ultimate goal of removing the coal plant entirely and restoring the site to ground level.