The modernization of the Moss Landing Power Plant

Thomas C. Williams
Duke Energy

Friday, August 27, 1999
12:00 Noon—Pacific Forum

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On December 9, 1998, Duke Energy announced that it was investing $475 million to modernize its Moss Landing Power Plant. On April 21 Duke hosted more than 700 people for an open house to share details of the modernization with the public and solicit their input. This month Duke's application with the California Energy Commission is expected to be deemed "data adequate," which will mark the beginning of a 12-month review process prior to construction.

The Moss Landing Power Plant modernization program features:
The removal of eight 1950s vintage 225-foot exhaust stacks
The removal of 19 1950s and 1960s vintage oil tanks with a capacity of 6 million barrels
The addition of a new compact 1,060-megawatt, natural gas-fueled, combined cycle power plant
A peak modernization workforce of 700, with priority given to local workers and vendors
Numerous environmental benefits, including lower site air emissions
No additional natural gas or electric transmission lines
Improved voltage support and improve electrical service reliability for the Salinas Valley, Monterey, Santa Cruz, San Jose, and Los Banos communities
A separate $50 million investment in the two remaining large units to reduce their emissions by 85 percent

The state-of-the-art plant will be located approximately 1,000 feet from units 6&7 from the coastline and will use the latest and most environmentally friendly technology available.

See our web site at for photographs, charts, and other information detailing our modernization plans and California operations. If you know of a group interested in a presentation about our plans to modernize our power plant site, please call 831-633-6618.

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