Commencing after more than a year of planning and preparation, the multi-year demolition process will include implosion of the powerhouse and chimneys, cleaning and removing equipment, demolishing the buildings and powerhouse, and restoring the site.

Duke Energy district manager Millie Chalk said the retirement of the older and less efficient coal units will provide the company with an opportunity to modernize its generation fleet to better serve customers.

"The retired units served our region reliably and affordably for many years, and the new advanced, cleaner energy source will help ensure electricity remains as dependable as ever, while reducing environmental impacts," Chalk added.

Changes are expected to be less noticeable during the first phase, but will neighbors are likely to notice the removal of larger structures from the site as the process moves toward the final stages.

The company is evaluating multiple, site-specific closure options to ensure high water-quality protection, as it prepares to close ash basins at retired plant sites, while balancing the interests of customers.