What's My Connection to Mountaintop Removal?
"Mountaintop mining is practically raising the dead, while burying the living." - Larry Gibson, resident of Kayford mountain
In 1986, mountaintop removal operations began near Larry Gibson's home. Over the next 20 years, "the slow motion destruction of Kayford Mountain has been continuous - 24 hours a day, seven days a week." Coal companies have flattened more than 12,000 acres of mountain landscape around his home. Where he once looked up at the peaks of Kayford from his family graveyard, he now looks 300 feet straight down at a blasted and devastated landscape. Read more.
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The closest power plant on your grid that is connected to mountaintop removal: Roanoke Valley Energy Facililty I, operated by Westmoreland Power Operations LLC
Other coal-fired power plants on the Duke Power Company grid that are connected to mountaintop removal
Mountaintop removal mines that are connected to your power grid
Click any power plant to see how it is connected to mountaintop removal or any mine symbol to get a close-up view of that mine. The controls on the top left of the map allow you to zoom in closer to the ground or back out to get a broader perspective. Even easier, though, is to navigate with the "hand" tool. Clicking and dragging on the map will move the map in the same direction, double-clicking on a point will center the map on that point and zoom you in a little closer, and double clicking with the right mouse button (ctrl-click for macintosh users) to center on a point and zoom out.
Explain My Connection
WHO PROVIDES MY ELECTRICITY?
The Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC service area is part of a larger interconnected electric grid operated by Duke Energy Corporation.
There are a total of 11 coal-fired power plants on this grid that are connected to mountaintop removal. Following are details on how each is connected to mountaintop removal.
If Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC (owned by Duke Energy) is not the company that sends your electric bill, please CLICK HERE to select your electric provider from a list.
If your electric provider is not on these lists, please notify us
THERE are 11 plants DIRECTLY CONNECTED TO MOUNTAINTOP REMOVAL ON YOUR GRID
Plants on the Duke Power Company grid that purchase coal directly from mountaintop removal strip mines in Appalachia include:
- G G Allen , operated by Duke Carolinas LLC -- located in Gaston County, NC
- Buck , operated by Duke Carolinas LLC -- located in Rowan County, NC
- Cliffside , operated by Duke Carolinas LLC -- located in Cleveland County, NC
- Dan River , operated by Duke Carolinas LLC -- located in Rockingham County, NC
- Marshall , operated by Duke Carolinas LLC -- located in Catawba County, NC
- Riverbend , operated by Duke Carolinas LLC -- located in Gaston County, NC
- W S Lee , operated by Duke Carolinas LLC -- located in Anderson County, SC
- Belews Creek , operated by Duke Carolinas LLC -- located in Stokes County, NC
- Weyerhaeuser Plymouth NC , operated by Weyerhaeuser Co -- located in Martin County, NC
- Roanoke Valley Energy Facililty I , operated by Westmoreland Power Operations LLC -- located in Halifax County, NC
- Roanoke Valley Energy Facility II , operated by Westmoreland Power Operations LLC -- located in Halifax County, NC