Duke Energy is weighing the issue of how to replace the power generated by its troubled Crystal River nuclear plant in Florida, which the company has announced that it will permanently shut down.
One option is the construction of a new plant fired by natural gas, given the low price and abundant supply of that fuel source. Such a plant could come online as early as 2018, Duke said on Tuesday.
The Crystal River plant, in Citrus County, Fla., has been closed since 2009, when a crack was found in a concrete containment barrier when the plant was undergoing refueling and the replacement of its steam generators. ¬†