William D. Johnson

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William D. Johnson is the Chief Executive Officer and President of Progress Energy.[1] Prior to this position he served as president and chief operating officer for the company from January 2005 to October 2007. Johnson joined Progress Energy in 1992.[2]

Before joining Progress Energy, Johnson was a partner with the Raleigh office of Hunton & Williams, where he specialized in the representation of utilities. He previously served as a law clerk to the Honorable J. Dickson Phillips Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.[2]

Johnson is also a member of the executive committee of the Nuclear Energy Institute, the U.S. nuclear industry's peak lobby group.[3]

He earned his undergraduate degree in history from Duke University and his law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.[2]

Progress Energy power portfolio

Out of its total 28,019 MW of electric generating capacity in 2005 (2.63% of the U.S. total), Progress Energy produced 39.2% from natural gas, 28.3% from coal, 15.9% from oil, 15.7% from nuclear, and 0.8% from hydroelectricity. Progress Energy owns power plants in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.[4]

Existing coal-fired power plants

Progress Energy owned 23 coal-fired generating stations in 2005, with 7,925 MW of capacity. Here is a list of Progress Energy's coal power plants:[4][5][6]

Plant Name State County Year(s) Built Capacity 2007 CO2 Emissions 2006 SO2 Emissions
Roxboro NC Person 1966, 1968, 1973, 1980 2558 MW 15,100,000 tons 92,259 tons
Crystal River FL Citrus 1966, 1969, 1982, 1984 2443 MW 21,159,000 tons 95,548 tons
Mayo NC Person 1983 736 MW 5,321,000 tons 24,499 tons
Sutton NC New Hanover 1954, 1955, 1972 672 MW 3,091,000 tons 19,159 tons
Asheville NC Buncombe 1964, 1971 414 MW 2,346,000 tons 2,494 tons
Lee NC Wayne 1951, 1952, 1962 402 MW 2,061,000 tons 11,093 tons
Cape Fear NC Chatham 1956, 1958 329 MW 1,780,000 tons 14,593 tons
Robinson SC Darlington 1960 207 MW 1,297,000 tons 13,141 tons
Weatherspoon NC Robeson 1949, 1950, 1952 166 MW 666,000 tons 4,697 tons

In 2006, Progress Energy's 9 coal-fired power plants emitted 52.8 million tons of CO2 (0.88% of all U.S. CO2 emissions) and 277,000 tons of SO2 (1.85% of all U.S. SO2 emissions).

Nuclear power stations

  • Brunswick Nuclear Plant, a two-nuclear reactor unit rated at 1,875-MW is located near Southport, North Carolina.
  • Crystal River Nuclear Plant, a single nuclear reactor unit rated at 838-MW is located near Crystal River, Florida, on a site that also includes four coal-fired generating units that generate 2,313 MW.
  • Harris Nuclear Plant, is a single nuclear reactor unit rated at 900-MW is located near New Hill, North Carolina.
  • Robinson Nuclear Plant is a single nuclear reactor unit rated at 710-MW and is located near Hartsville, South Carolina. The site also includes a coal-fired unit that generates 180 MW and a combustion turbine unit that generates 15 MW.

Coal and Oil plants

  • Anclote Plant, a 1,006-MW ocated near Holiday, Florida;
  • Asheville Plant, a two-unit 376 megawatt power station located at Skyland, North Caorlina.
  • Bartow Plant, a three unit 444 megawatt power station located near St. Petersburg, Florida;
  • Cape Fear Plant is a two-unit coal fired station that generates 317 megawatts and is located near Moncure, North Carolina.
  • Crystal River is a four-unit power station that produces 2,310 megawatts. The site also includes the Crystal River Nuclear Plant capable of producing 838 megawatt;
  • the Lee Plant is a 399 megawatt power station located on the Neuss River near Goldsboro, North Carolina, that also includes four small combustion turbines capable of producing 75 MW;
  • Mayo is a single-unit power station which generates 742 megawatts and is located near Roxboro, North Carolina.
  • the Robinson Plant is a single-unit, 176-megawatt power station located near Hartsville, South Carolina. This site also includes the Robinson Nuclear Plant and one small combustion turbine;
  • the Roxboro Steam Plant is a four-unite power station that produces 2,443 megawatts and is located near Roxboro, North Carolina;
  • the Sutton Plant is a three-unit 598 megawatt power station located near Wilmington, N.C., on a site that also includes three small combustion turbines.
  • Suwannee Plant is a three-unit 129 megawatt power station located near Ellaville, Florida. The site also includes three combustion turbines capable of producing 153 MW;
  • the Weatherspoon Plant is a three-unit, 173 megawatt power station located near Lumberton, North Carolina and also includes four combustion turbines capable of producing 132 megawatts.

Proposed new plants

  • Progress Energy is proposing to spend between $700 million to $750 million on the construction of additional combined-cycle generating plant at its existing Richmond County Energy Complex south of Hamlet. The 570 megawatt unit is proposed to be completed by June 2011.[7]
  • In mid-December 2006, Progress Energy announced that it had selected a site for a new nuclear power station in Levy County, eight miles north of the company’s Crystal River Energy Complex. The media release stated that a decision to proceed "won't be made for a year or longer."[8]

Articles and Resources


  1. "Progress Energy Board of Directors names Johnson Chairman and CEO", Media Release, October 12, 2007.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Executive Management: William (Bill) D. Johnson, Progress Energy, accessed December 2008.
  3. Nuclear Energy Institute., "Nuclear Energy Institute Elects Progress Energy’s William Johnson to Executive Committee", Media Release, November 2, 2007.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Existing Electric Generating Units in the United States, 2005, Energy Information Administration, accessed April 2008.
  5. Environmental Integrity Project, Dirty Kilowatts: America’s Most Polluting Power Plants, July 2007.
  6. Dig Deeper, Carbon Monitoring for Action database, accessed June 2008.
  7. Progress Energy, "Under Construction/Proposed: Richmond County Plant", 2008.
  8. Progress Energy, "Progress Energy Florida names potential nuclear plant site in Levy County: Not a decision to build, but critical step in evaluating options to meet future energy needs", Media Release, December 12, 2006.

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