Duke Energy Florida Power Plant Goes Online Using M-U Gas

Duke Energy Crystal River Gas-Fired Plant

Duke Energy issued a press release on Friday to announce that its massive 1,640 megawatt natural gas-fired electric generating plant in Crystal River, Florida (Tampa area) is now “fired up” and operating, churning out enough electricity to power 1.8 million homes in the Sunshine State. The new gas-fired plant replaces several 52-year-old coal-fired units. The super cool news is that some of the gas powering the plant comes from the Marcellus/Utica. Really?! How? First the gas goes south from our region by hitching a ride through the mighty Williams Transcontinental Gas Pipeline (Transco)–all the way to Alabama. Then, the Sabal Trail Pipeline, a 1.1 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) pipeline, runs more than 500 miles from an interconnect with Transco in west-central Alabama to the Orlando, FL-area.

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