Latest blast moves Duke Energy closer to demolishing retired Sutton Plant

Share This Story

  • Implosion event removes second boiler unit

  • Company builds momentum demolishing plant and closing ash basins

WILMINGTON, N.C. – Duke Energy this morning imploded another boiler unit at the retired coal-fired L.V. Sutton Plant as part of the company’s effort to generate energy using cleaner, more efficient sources in North Carolina.

View a video of the implosion event here:

For nearly 50 years, the essential steps of the coal combustion process occurred inside the boiler, where the coal was burned to the produce steam that turned the turbine and generator. These steps ultimately produced reliable and affordable electricity for customers across the region.

The company retired the coal units in 2013 after a new, more efficient natural gas-fired plant was brought online at the site.

This is the second in a series of three implosion events to take place at the Sutton Plant. The final demolition event will be completed later this fall.

View a historical feature story about this plant here:

To learn more about the company’s coal plant decommissioning program, visit

Building momentum closing ash basins

With more than 250,000 tons of coal ash removed from the Sutton Plant ash basins, Duke Energy continues to make progress moving ash by rail from the site to a fully lined structural fill at the Brickhaven mine site in central North Carolina.

The company is focused on closing ash basins across the state in ways that put safety first, protect the environment, minimize impact to local communities and manage costs.

Permitting is also underway to construct a fully lined landfill on Sutton plant property, which will store the majority of the ash from the basins.

For additional information about ash basin closure at the Sutton Plant, please visit

Duke Energy Progress

Duke Energy Progress owns nuclear, coal-fired, natural gas and hydroelectric generation. That diverse fuel mix provides about 12,900 megawatts of owned electric capacity to approximately 1.5 million customers in a 32,000-square-mile service area of North Carolina and South Carolina.

Duke Energy is one of the largest electric power holding companies in the United States. Its regulated utility operations serve approximately 7.4 million electric customers located in six states in the Southeast and Midwest, representing a population of approximately 24 million people. Its Commercial Portfolio and International business segments own and operate diverse power generation assets in North America and Latin America, including a growing portfolio of renewable energy assets in the United States.

Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a S&P 100 Stock Index company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available at

The Duke Energy News Center serves as a multimedia resource for journalists and features news releases, helpful links, photos and videos. Hosted by Duke Energy, illumination is an online destination for stories about remarkable people, innovations, and community and environmental topics. It also offers glimpses into the past and insights into the future of energy.

Follow Duke Energy on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Facebook.