PLEASE ATTEND this Thursday: Informational meeting with NC Public Staff and Duke Energy representatives

The North Carolina Public Staff has agreed to an informational meeting at Blue Ridge Community College in the CONFERENCE HALL [Note location change!] in Flat Rock, NC, on September 3rd from 6:00 – 9:00 pm.

This meeting is open to the public, but it is not an official public hearing.

The Public Staff will pose questions to Duke Energy representatives concerning this project, criteria, and timeline.  These questions will include many of the questions that the Public Staff has received from the general public, as well as questions developed by the Public Staff.

This is not a hearing and the meeting is not being conducted by the Utilities Commission.  The Public Staff, which is a separate and independent agency that represents the using and consuming public in utilities matters, will conduct the informational meeting. Write your representatives and ask them to call for a public hearing!

Members of the public will have an opportunity to speak for the purpose of raising relevant issues they believe should be considered as part of the process. 

This informational meeting will serve to more fully educate both the general public and the Public Staff with respect to this stage of the project and help bring greater clarity and transparency to the process.

NOTE: Location changed to BRCC Conference Hall (same location as August 13th meeting) [from WHKP].  The Blue Ridge Conference Hall is located at 49 East Campus​ Drive, ​Flat Rock, NC

 

From the Asheville Citizen-Times:

The Utilities Commission public staff is expected to ask Duke representatives about the process, criteria, and timeline used when siting transmission lines, said Christopher Ayers, executive director of that agency.

“The Public Staff has received numerous inquiries from the general public and elected officials regarding the Foothills Transmission Line project and we hope that this informational meeting will serve to more fully educate both the public and our staff,” Ayers said in a statement. “While this is not an official hearing, we believe the exchange of information will address many questions and help bring greater clarity and transparency to the process.”

The Public Staff has an informational webpage providing links to information of interest related to the project:
http://www.pubstaff.commerce.state.nc.us/pselec/Duke-Energy%20Foothills%20Project.html

 

Please join us there to voice your concern! We hope all residents of both NC and SC will come to show just how many people are affected by this.

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From N.C. Utilities Commission Public Staff:

The North Carolina Utilities Commission Public Staff will facilitate an informational meeting concerning Duke Energy’s proposed Foothills Transmission Line project on September 3, 2015 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Blue Ridge Community College Auditorium. During the meeting, the Public Staff will pose questions to Duke Energy representatives concerning the process, criteria, and timeline used when siting transmission lines and the specific process Duke is using for the Foothills project. Members of the public will have an opportunity to speak for the purpose of raising relevant issues for consideration in the process. Organized groups are encouraged to designate speakers to provide comment so that as many communities and interests as possible can be heard. As this informational meeting pertains only to the portion of the project impacting western North Carolina, speakers will be limited to North Carolina residents only. “The Public Staff has received numerous inquiries from the general public and elected officials regarding the Foothills Transmission Line project and we hope that this informational meeting will serve to more fully educate both the public and our staff,” said Christopher Ayers, Executive Director of the Public Staff. “While this is not an official hearing, we believe the exchange of information will address many questions and help bring greater clarity and transparency to the process.”

The Public Staff may be contacted at (919) 733-9277

Duke Energy may be contacted at (919) 508-5400

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