Excerpt from Asheville Citizen-Times by Dillon Davis
Duke Energy plans to delay construction of a natural gas "peaker" plant near Lake Julian, a move the company attributes to the success of its local Energy Innovation Task Force.
A company filing with state regulators shows the project to build a natural gas plant has been pushed from 2023 to 2027. The proposed plant primarily would use hydraulic fracked natural gas — largely from Texas, Pennsylvania and Oklahoma — in times of high demand as part of the company's combined utilities in Western North Carolina.
Duke Energy spokesperson Randy Wheeless said the Charlotte-based company has been working to "dampen demand" for the plant to increase adoption of energy efficiency programs.
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