This month’s post discusses the Duke Energy and Piedmont Natural Gas plans to build a $4 billion, 427 mile natural gas pipeline that runs southward from Pennsylvania to eastern North Carolina. The pipeline is scheduled to be in service by 2018. Over the next ten to fifteen years, as many of the remaining older coal-fired power plants in North Carolina approach the end of their useful life, it appears that Duke Energy is planning to replace them primarily with new natural gas-fired units. Not only does it solve some long-term environmental concerns, such as coal ash disposal, but it also helps to address new EPA rules on carbon dioxide emissions.

For more details on this story and to see the potential paths of the second pipeline, click here.

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