Duke Energy’s public timeline for the Western Carolina’s “Modernization” plan here, does not include any regulatory processes or opportunities for public input that will happen before the plant, transmission lines and substation can be built. These are separate from Duke Energy’s process of getting input from the public. Here’s our best understanding of those elements, based on N.C. and S.C. policies and timelines set out in the 2015 Mountain Energy Act, which directs the Utilities Commission to render an expedited decision for the construction of Duke’s new gas plant in Asheville.
Unfortunately we can’t know the exact timeline. The project components will go through three separate regulatory proceedings, with separate dockets with the North Carolina and South Carolina regulatory agencies, the order of those proceedings is unknown. Visit our Write and Call page for regulators’ contacts and docket information.
All community members in both states should stay tuned and be ready to make their voices heard during state public comment periods and hearings!