Thursday, May 24, 2018
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Duke Energy to hold open house about proposed Crystal River natural gas plant

Duke Energy Florida plans to hold a free open house July 10 for the public to receive information about the proposed natural gas plant the utility wants to build in Citrus County.

The informal presentation will run from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Plantation on Crystal River Magnolia Room, 9301 W. Fort Island Trail in Crystal River. Experts will be on hand to answer questions about the $1.5 billion project and the combined-cycle natural gas technology proposed for the plant.

In May, Duke announced plans to construct a new, state-of-the-art combined-cycle natural gas plant in Crystal River that would supply 1,640 megawatts of generation to help serve the utility's 1.7 million Florida customers, beginning in 2018.

The new combined-cycle plant will be located on 400 acres near the existing Crystal River Energy Complex, where Duke operates four coal-fired power plants.

If Duke receives all necessary approvals and permits, construction is expected to begin in early 2016. The plant's first 820 megawatts are expected to come online in spring 2018, and the second 820 megawatts are expected to come online by December 2018.

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