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Greenville - Kinston Transmission Project

Duke Energy Progress is committed to providing safe, reliable and affordable energy to our customers. Our continuous assessment of electric system requirements has identified the need for a transmission system enhancement in the Greenville area to ensure continued reliability service in that area.

Duke Energy Progress plans to invest about $20 million to build a 25-mile, 230-kilovolt (kV) transmission line between a substation near the Tar River in Greenville and a substation south of Grifton, just inside the Lenoir County line.

Project Description

The project includes building a 25-mile, 230-kilovolt (kV) transmission from our Duke Energy Progressí 230-kV substation near the Tar River in Greenville and a substation south of Grifton, just inside the Lenoir County line.

The transmission line is expected to be attached to H-frame or single-pole structures, or a combination, each standing approximately 90- to 100-feet tall and spaced approximately every 500 to 700 feet.

Project Need

  • The electric system must keep pace with growth throughout this region. In addition to building new power plants, we must enhance the transmission and distribution systems to help ensure a continuous, reliable flow of electricity to homes and businesses in the region. Duke Energy Progress is responsible for planning and building the transmission system that serves all customers in the region (whether they purchase electricity directly from the company or from a municipal utility, such as Greenville Utilities, or cooperative utility).
  • Current projections indicate that without the new project, the current transmission infrastructure in the area could be overloaded under certain conditions in the near future, potentially creating the types of electric system reliability concerns that have plagued other parts of the country in recent years.
  • Electricity is far too important for our customers to risk service interruptions or problems with power quality due to inadequate facilities. Duke Energy Progress has an obligation to ensure that the electric system is maintained and upgraded appropriately.
  • The transmission upgrades are expected to generate more than $60,000 in additional annual property tax revenues for local governments.

Land Acquisition

In the 1980s and early 1990s, Duke Energy Progress, then CP&L, purchased the 100-foot easement, as well as rights to install guys and anchors outside of the easement and the right to cut danger trees outside of the easement. (Danger trees are trees that would hit the transmission line if they fell.) Duke Energy Progress land agents will work individually with property owners in purchasing any additional easements needed for the facilities. The line will require 50 feet, or slightly more, of right of way on both sides (100-foot total easement requirement). If additional easements are needed to permit construction and maintenance of the transmission facilities, Duke Energy Progress will negotiate individually with property owners for easements. Landowners retain ownership of the property with some restrictions on its use.

Public Participation

Duke Energy Progress believes public participation is critical to the success of the project. The company hosted a meeting for the public on Aug. 24, 2004, at the Willis Building in Greenville. The purpose of the meeting was to provide information on the need, scope and schedule of the project and gather pertinent data from property owners and others on the proposed route. Duke Energy Progress also made information available via the news media and on the Web, and communicated directly with impacted property owners and others.

Project Schedule

Construction of the line is scheduled to begin in 2016. The new line and substations are scheduled to be placed in service in the 2017-2019 time frame. Schedules are subject to change to reflect changes in usage growth and other factors.