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Duke Energy starts up new Wilmington plant

Duke Energy’s new natural gas-fired power plant in Wilmington has started operating.

The $600 million L.V. Sutton plant replaces three, 1950s-vintage coal-fired units that Duke recently retired.

Compared to the coal units, the 625-megawatt gas-fired plant will sharply reduce air pollutants, including those that form ozone and haze, and carbon dioxide.

Duke has spent $9 billion in the past decade on new gas and coal-fired power plants in North Carolina and Indiana. Duke plans to retire 25 percent of its coal fleet, which can’t meet new air standards, as the new plants come online.

Henderson: 704-358-5051; Twitter: @bhender
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