Announcement of Western Carolinas plan delayed
until November as Duke Energy tries to do the right thing.
Today was going to be the day which Duke Energy announced the route to service Asheville, which could possibly impact residents across the Upstate of South Carolina, especially the Landrum area. Sources tell PNN that Duke Energy’s delay is more about them getting the power needs accomplished in a way that does “right” by property owners. It would have been easy for Duke Energy to simply announce one of the pre-planned routes but we are told the delay has a lot to do with finalizing alternative plans, some of which include “mostly” using current right-of-ways and one of which could leave the Upstate out all together.
The following is Duke Energy’s press release:
Duke Energy working through public comments on Foothills Transmission Line; project update planned for early November
More time is needed to continue to carefully consider more than 9,000 comments received on the proposed transmission line and create a solution to deliver cleaner, reliable power to Western Carolinas.
The company is looking at all options that can meet the region’s power demand over the next 10 to 15 years – including possible alternatives to the transmission line, Campobello substation and the configuration of the proposed Asheville natural gas power plant.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – In order to carefully consider the thousands of comments related to the siting of the proposed 230-kilovolt Foothills Transmission Line and Campobello substation, Duke Energy is extending its review process until early November.
“Our goal is to have the best possible plan with the least impact on property owners, the environment and the communities we serve,” said Robert Sipes, general manager of delivery operations for the Western Carolinas. “Concerns about […]