Utilities commission approves Duke Energy gas plants

The North Carolina Utilities Commission has approved construction of two natural gas-fired units at Duke Energy’s Sutton complex near Wilmington.

The units, which will also be able to run on diesel fuel, will have a total generating capacity of 84 megawatts. Duke will retire three older gas units at the site by the time the two new plants come online in mid-2017.

Duke retired coal-burning units at Sutton in 2013.

The commission approved the project on Monday. Duke filed cost estimates for the project under seal.

Bruce Henderson: 704-358-5051, @bhender