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Behind the scenes at the W.S. Lee combined-cycle natural gas plant in South Carolina

From the road, you’ll see stacks, tanks, towers, steel poles and lots of wire. And, if you look closely on a clear day, you might see clean water vapor rise from concrete cylinders.

That’s the 750-megawatt combined-cycle natural gas plant at the W.S. Lee Station south of Greenville in Anderson County, S.C., which started operating on April 5, 2018.


The plant’s 45 employees operate and maintain the new plant, which generates enough energy to power as many as 600,000 homes in South Carolina and North Carolina. 

The plant is energy efficient. Instead of releasing hot exhaust gases into the atmosphere, the plant captures this heat to create additional energy.

The video above takes you behind the scenes with W.S. Lee Operations Superintendent Greg Mayfield to learn how energy is made.  

The W.S. Lee Station in Upstate South Carolina. The gray rectangular structure near the stacks is the heat recovery steam generators. Combined-cycle technology is efficient because it reuses the heat from the exhaust to make additional energy.