Pork power gets new meaning with Duke Energy deal in N.C.

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  • Company to buy methane gas from proposed facility in eastern North Carolina

  • Gas to be used at four Duke Energy power plants

  • Power generated will be net carbon neutral renewable energy

  • Power will help company meet state mandate to generate a portion of electricity from swine and poultry resources

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Duke Energy announced today it will buy swine and poultry waste output from a facility planned for eastern North Carolina – using the captured methane gas to generate renewable electricity at four power stations.

Carbon Cycle Energy will build and own the facility. The location has not been announced, but is expected to be in eastern North Carolina.

"It is encouraging to see the technological advances that allow waste-to-energy projects in North Carolina to be done in an environmentally responsible and cost-effective manner for our customers," said David Fountain, Duke Energy president - North Carolina.

Under North Carolina's Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard (REPS), Duke Energy companies must meet specific compliance targets for swine and poultry waste. Duke Energy is already buying electricity generated from other facilities in the state.

"We are pleased to partner with Carbon Cycle Energy to help meet our compliance objectives," added Fountain. "The gas from this project will generate carbon neutral electricity compared to the emissions that would result if the waste was left to decay naturally."

Expanding the utility's renewable energy output, the captured methane will be treated, injected into the pipeline system and used at four Duke Energy plants:

  • Buck Steam Station in Rowan County
  • Dan River Steam Station in Rockingham County
  • H.F. Lee Station Combined Cycle Plant in Wayne County
  • Sutton Combined Cycle Plant in New Hanover County

"We are pleased Duke Energy is supportive of our facility in North Carolina," said James Powell, CEO of Carbon Cycle Energy. "We still have additional work to do with licensing, local regulations and completing our organic waste supply chain. But having a confirmed buyer like Duke Energy is a major step."

Under a 15-year term, Carbon Cycle Energy is expected to produce more than 1 million MMBtus of pipeline-quality captured methane a year. Duke Energy should yield about 125,000 megawatt-hours of renewable energy a year – enough to power about 10,000 homes for a year. The renewable energy credits (RECs) generated annually by the effort will help satisfy state mandates.

On March 18, Duke Energy filed with the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC) registration statements and additional information related to the plants being designated as New Renewable Energy Facilities. Under the state's REPS requirements, this must be done for plants that will consume and generate new renewable energy.

About Duke Energy
Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 125 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available at duke-energy.com

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About Carbon Cycle Energy
Headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, Carbon Cycle Energy is a renewable energy project development company focused on converting organic agricultural and industrial food waste into high value pipeline grade biomethane. More information about the company is available at C2-Energy.com.

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