Tell Henderson County Commissioners you want clean energy!

On January 4, 2016 at 5:30 PM Henderson County will vote on a resolution that wholeheartedly endorses Duke Energy’s Western Carolinas Modernization project despite its inclusion of an unnecessary, additional 192-MW “peaking unit.”

Duke Energy is on the record saying that they want to partner with our local communities to meet future energy demand through expanded efficiency programs and by building more renewable energy infrastructure. However, MountainTrue questions their intent considering their failure to prioritize fossil free solutions in their filings to the utilities commission.

The resolution is on the Henderson County Commission’s consent agenda, so please speak at tonight’s INFORMAL COMMENTS at the commissioner’s meeting.

We need you to urge Henderson County to fully embrace a cleaner, safer, more affordable energy future by issuing a resolution that withholds their support for the “peaking unit”, and endorses a plan that:

  • Spends ratepayer’s money more wisely on energy efficiency and alternative sources that reduce utility bills in the future, rather than leaves us vulnerable to fluctuating gas prices.

  • Creates local jobs and keeps money in our local economy.

  • Gives us more independence from fossil fuel infrastructure and avoids the need for more invasive transmission lines and gas plants in the future.

Henderson County has a great opportunity to shape a better future. We need your help in making sure that we continue to stand united toward a better, cleaner future for Henderson County and all of Western North Carolina.

Please attend!

Tonight, January 4, 2016 at 5:30 pm

1 Historic Courthouse Square, Hendersonville NC

September 15: Public meeting of Tryon Board of Commissioners and Duke Energy Officials

Tryon Daily Bulletin

After deciding not to approve a resolution against Duke Energy’s modernization plan that could mean transmission towers being installed through Polk County, the Tryon Board of Commissioners has scheduled a meeting with Duke officials on Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 6 p.m.

The meeting will be at the Tryon Fire Department with the purpose of hearing from Duke officials regarding the new transmission line. Read more

Special Meeting: Hendersonville City Council

Date/Time: September 10, 12:30 p.m.

Location: City Hall, 145 Fifth Ave. E.

Hendersonville City Council will consider a resolution regarding the Foothills 230 KV transmission line project through Hendersonville proposed by Duke Energy. For more information contact City Clerk Tammie Drake: 828-697-3005

Protest Planned on September 12th in Mills River at Valley Ag

MILLS RIVER, NC – On Saturday, September 12, 2015, from 3pm to 7pm, a protest will be held on the property of the Valley Ag store located on Highway 280 in Mills River.

Coordinators of the Mills River Homeowners Association Coalition are encouraging all area residents to join in together for the protest against proposed Duke Energy power line expansion.

“This is everyone’s fight and we encourage all homeowners and business owners to join this protest on September 12,” says Greg Van Voorhis, president of the Mill Ridge Homeowners Association. “We cannot stop vocalizing our opposition to these pending plans to bring power lines through western North Carolina. Duke Energy needs to continually hear how concerned we are about this situation.”

All area residents are encouraged to sign up and join the protest. To participate, and for more information, email Dukeprotest@gmail.com.

“We know that dozens of residents from the High Vista, Cummings Cove, Mills Pointe, Willow Creek Farms and Mill Ridge communities will be participating in this protest,” says Van Voorhis. “More voices means Duke Energy can’t ignore us. That’s why we’re encouraging all Henderson County residents to join in this protest.”

Mills River and other Henderson County communities fall into proposed routes of the Duke Energy Foothills Project. The area contains pristine waterways, farm lands, mountainous trails and other areas that would be negatively impacted by the construction of power lines.

Email dukeprotest@gmail.com for details. We hope to see you there!

Duke Energy answers tough questions from angry crowd hundreds pack public hearing

FlatRockDukeHearingFLAT ROCK, N.C. Duke Energy officials were in the hot seat Thursday night.They took questions from a fired-up crowd at Blue Ridge Community College in Flat Rock, North Carolina.The meeting was concerning the modernization project expected to bring 45 miles of new power lines to the region.

More than 800 people packed the hearing.For more than an hour, Duke answered tough questions from the Public Staff Utilities Commission.  Then they took questions from the crowd.

One of the questions was, why can’t Duke put lines underground? Officials said they looked into it and it would cost seven times the amount the proposed plan costs.

Another question to Duke was, why the lines can’t go through existing rights of way? Officials said the company is looking to co-locate new lines where possible, but they will still need to build new structures to accommodate all the lines.

Duke Energy officials admitted a study on adverse health effects was inconclusive.

“The most favored solution by all is for Duke to cancel the proposed transmission project,” said a woman.

Many at the public hearing said they feel misled.

“I am appalled by the method they are taking, and I am also appalled by the misinformation,” said Debra Stephens. Duke Energy is looking at four possible routes to put 140-foot power lines.

Spokesman Tom Williams said Duke Energy understands there will be some negative impacts but said a project like this is necessary to keep the lights on.

“It’s booming and there hasn’t been additional infrastructure built in the actual region, in this area really since the 70s,” said Williams.

Stephens said she doesn’t believe there are no other alternatives.

“We are the people that are going to have the base of our economy damaged, the base of our lifetime investment, of individuals, only for them to put corporate money in their pockets,” said Stephens.

Those against the project feel no matter what Duke decides, nobody wins.

“This is infringing on people’s property rights, their life plans, that are completely uprooted if a transmission line comes through their property or their neighborhood,” said Joan Walker with the Carolina Land Coalition.

Duke Energy will announce its final decision on a route in early October.