Duke Energy ditches nuclear energy for natural gas in Florida

Duke Energy Florida is ending its engineering, procurement and construction agreement for a proposed nuclear power plant in Levy County, Florida.

In the utility company’s revised settlement agreement with the Florida Public Service Commission (PUC), Duke Energy said it would establish “a framework for Duke Energy Florida to construct or acquire natural gas-fired generation.”

Duke Energy said it would write off $295 million associated with the botched Crystal River 3 project and $65 million related to investments in the Levy project. Duke will also accelerate the recovery of $135 million in cash flows related to Crystal River 3, according to Power Engineering.

Announced in 2008, the Levy nuclear project would have included two 1,100 MW nuclear reactors in Levy County. Duke Energy said the “company still continues to regard the Levy site as a viable option for future nuclear generation and understands the importance of fuel diversity in creating a sustainable energy future.”

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