Duke Energy Progress’ demolition specialist this morning imploded the retired W.H. Weatherspoon Plant as part of the company’s longstanding effort to transition to cleaner energy sources.
After more than four months of demolition activity at the site, this milestone transforms the landscape where the coal plant had operated for more than 60 years.
Duke Energy’s ultimate goal for retired sites such as Weatherspoon is to dismantle the equipment and buildings, and restore the site to ground level. The implosion event at Weatherspoon allows the company to complete the demolition work and begin restoring the land.
Investing as much as $9 billion over the last 10 years on cleaner power plants allows the company to retire nearly 6,800 MW of older coal and large oil-fired units. Nearly 6,300 MW of the capacity Duke Energy will retire is coal, which represents 25 percent of its coal fleet. By the end of 2013, Duke Energy will have retired more than 3,800 MW of this older coal capacity.
These retired plants will enter the decommissioning program and will move through a demolition process similar to Weatherspoon’s.