Progress Energy Inc. is a Fortune 500 company and one of the largest electric utility companies in the United States today. Founded in Raleigh, North Carolina, Progress Energy owns and operates a large number of power plants built in the mid-20th century. Headed by chief executive officer William D. Johnson, the company is fast upward-moving, generating over 21,000 megawatts of electric power every year for consumption by both individuals and corporate bodies alike.
Progress Energy famously owns the Brunswick Nuclear Power Plant in Southport, North Carolina. Built in the 1970’s the Brunswick Nuclear Power Plant uses relatively advanced filtering systems to draw coolant from Cape Fear River. The company uses a fuel mix for power generation in all of their plants. In terms of generation capacity, Progress Energy plants use 38% combined cycle and combustion turbine, 35% nuclear energy mix, 7% oil, and around 1% hydroelectric energy from multiple sources. Progress Energy states that the diversity of their fuel mix helps insulate their customers against worldwide volatile energy pricing.
The Brunswick Nuclear Power Plant in particular accounts for a large part of the company’s nuclear energy, and it is also one of the areas in which the largest number of Progress Energy Inc. staff are deployed, keeping the plant online around the clock and safe against any potential unpredictable circumstances.
Progress Energy serves a number of states, but namely Florida and the Carolinas. It provides one of the largest chunks of state energy, serving multiple urban centers. The company employs over 11,000 workers worldwide. These workers range from human resource managers to marketers, power grid analysts, electricians, road crews, and everything in-between.
Unfortunately, the plant may have made use of asbestos in a number of its power plant construction projects. Many of its nuclear holdings feature prominent usage of asbestos as heat-resistant insulation inside of facility walls and for fireproof roofing in a number of other power plants and electric stations. Asbestos is a fiber linked to serious health hazards such as asbestosis and mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer with a latency period of 20 to 50 years. Unfortunately, snce it may not be detected for decades, once a patient is diagnosed with the cancer it is usually too advanced for conventional treatments to work toward combating the disease.