Hydro anniversary highlights importance of diverse, carbon-free energy portfolio

Keowee Hydro Station, a two-unit 157-megawatt hydropower plant in Seneca, S.C., recently celebrated its 50th anniversary of generating clean, reliable energy for the Carolinas.

The station is part of Duke Energy’s Keowee-Toxaway Project, which includes Lake Keowee, Lake Jocassee and the Jocassee Pumped Storage Hydro Station. Hydropower plants are key to the company’s mission to provide sustainable, carbon-free energy and meet the goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Keowee is also adjacent to Oconee Nuclear Station, Duke Energy’s largest nuclear power plant and a reliable source of carbon-free energy.

Together, these generating stations in Upstate South Carolina highlight Duke Energy’s commitment to a diverse, increasingly clean generation portfolio. More than 40 percent of the electricity generated by Duke Energy in 2020 was from carbon-free sources, including nuclear, wind, hydro and solar.

Renewables like wind and solar, along with hydropower and nuclear energy help ensure a reliable and balanced generation mix now and in the future. Nuclear provides dependable, 24/7 power and complements other carbon-free energy sources, which are not always available.

Want to learn more about Duke Energy’s commitment to a carbon-free future? Check out the 2020 Sustainability Report.

Want to learn more about Keowee’s 50th anniversary? Read on.

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