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Duke Energy Selects Location for Electrical Tie Station in Swain County Nov. 2, 2010

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Duke Energy today announced the tie station associated with the Wests Mill Line upgrade will be constructed inside the Swain County Industrial Park.

The upgraded line will serve customers in Swain and Jackson Counties as well as the Cherokee Indian Reservation.

This announcement follows the detailed analysis of two sites previously announced when the company decided to move away from the original location within the direct viewshed of the sacred Kituwah mound.

Duke will share the tie station plan at a community informational session Nov. 16 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Swain County Senior Center in Bryson City.

With the foreseeable increased electrical growth in this region, including the expansion of Harrah’s Cherokee Hotel and Casino, the current power delivery system is no longer adequate to serve all the electrical needs of the region. The tie station will increase the capacity of the existing electrical system, ensuring reliable electric service well into the future.

Duke Energy Carolinas owns nuclear, coal-fired, natural gas and hydroelectric generation. That diverse fuel mix provides approximately 19,000 megawatts of electricity capacity to approximately 2.4 million customers in a 22,000-square-mile service area of North Carolina and South Carolina.

Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 500 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available on the Internet at:  To learn more and contribute to the discussion about the energy issues of today and the possibilities of tomorrow see

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