Entries by Joan Walker

A better plan for power is possible

Hendersonville Times-News, October 15, 2015 Duke Energy did the right thing last week by taking a step back and rethinking its proposal to build a super-sized, gas-fired power plant here — the Western Carolinas Modernization Project. After thousands of us spoke up, the company has promised to extend its review process for another month and […]

Environmental advocates respond to Duke Energy’s review of its ‘Western Carolinas Modernization’ project

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Duke Energy today announced delay its plans and reconsider its options to its originally proposed Western Carolinas Modernization project, which includes a new natural gas-powered station at Lake Julian, “foothill” transmission lines and a new substation in Campobello, S.C. Duke Energy cited community concerns expressed through more than 9,000 public comments that […]

Duke Energy working through public comments on Foothills Transmission Line; project update planned for early November

PR Newswire, October 8, 2015 CHARLOTTE, N.C., Oct. 8, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — 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 […]

Duke defends need for transmission lines

Hendersonville Times-News, September 28, 2015 Duke Energy’s plans to run a new 230-kilovolt transmission line on 140-foot towers through the Western North Carolina mountains have many people worried about the project’s impact and questioning whether the lines are truly needed. Since the company announced its plans to construct the line this summer, Duke has said […]

High tension wires: Duke Energy and Henderson County residents at odds over proposed transmission lines

MountainXpress, September 18 Power giant Duke Energy’s proposal for a 45-mile transmission line through Western North Carolina, part of the company’s multifaceted Western Carolinas Modernization project to upgrade and integrate the mountains with a larger regional power grid, is meeting staunch opposition from residents since the company announced its intentions in mid-July. Homeowners, local municipalities and environmental […]

Duke Energy gets ‘F’ for impact on climate change policy in new report

Charlotte Business Journal, Sept. 21, 2015 Duke Energy ranks among the most obstructive major corporations on climate change policy, according to a report released last week by a British nonprofit organization. The Charlotte-based utility giant (NYSE:DUK) calls the report methodology flawed and rejects its conclusions. The report, Measuring Corporate Influence on Climate Policy, was prepared […]

High tension wires: Duke Energy and Henderson County residents at odds over proposed transmission lines

Editorial update [9/21]: Xpress originally reported that Duke Energy would be unable to follow existing right of ways in WNC for the Foothills transmission line project due to Federal security concerns. Duke Energy has since clarified that this information was in regards to the existing Pisgah right of way solely and that other existing right […]