Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) will issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) Dec. 12 for a comprehensive study of options to beneficially reuse coal ash and an analysis of available and emerging technologies.
“We are eager to expand the amount of ash directed to the beneficial reuse market,” said John Elnitsky, senior vice president for Ash Management Strategy. “A full assessment of the available technologies and innovations will help us integrate solutions that are safe, practical and proven for large-scale applications.”
The study will focus on three areas related to coal combustion residuals (CCRs) and coal combustion products (CCPs):
— A market analysis of beneficial reuse opportunities;
— The assessment of new processing technologies for beneficial reuse; and
— An examination of all innovative technologies that might be applied to recycle, reuse or mitigate the impact of generated coal ash.
Most recently, Duke Energy announced excavation plans for four sites. Additionally, the company has met aggressive state deadlines to file groundwater assessment plans, well water receptor surveys and updated permit applications for all 14 of its North Carolina facilities.
Duke Energy has created an advisory panel of independent experts in partnership with the University of North Carolina at Charlotte to provide counsel on permanent coal ash storage solutions.