Business as Usual at the Beckjord Station

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Immediate Release
August 19, 2011


Batavia, Ohio.  Inside the W.C. Beckjord Station in New Richmond, Duke Energy Operations Manager Chris Osterbrink said it is business as usual.  Duke has announced that it will close the 60-year-old power plant by January 1, 2015; the cost to refurbish the plant to meet new United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations is prohibitive, roughly amounting to hundreds of millions of dollars.  “Closing the plant is a difficult decision.  It has served this community well,” said Duke Community Relations Manager Warren Walker, during a recent walk through at the plant located on the Ohio River.  “By announcing the closure now, we hope to give the community time to adjust.”  Duke estimates the community will lose $1.5 million in property tax the first year after retirement of the coal-fired units.


Walker said it is too early to determine a time table for the shutdown of the plant, and clean-up of the 1,200 acre site.  “We are going to spend a lot of time working on this in the weeks and months ahead,” he said.  “We will work closely with Clermont County to assess economic development reuse of the facility.”  Walker said no decisions have been made about the 120 employees at Beckjord; some could be redeployed to other Duke operations.


Walker said that the closure of the Beckjord Station will have only a minimal impact on market energy prices.  Duke Energy has set up a website to provide information about the plant closure,


Pictured above: Duke Energy Community Relations Manager Warren Walker, Beckjord Station Operations Manager Chris Osterbrink, and Duke Energy Communications Manager Sally Thelen at the W. C. Beckjord Station in New Richmond




For additional information about this or other county news, contact Clermont County Communications Director Kathy Lehr at (513) 732-7597 or by e-mail,
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