Reems Creek Reliability Project

Duke Energy is committed to providing customers with reliable, safe and increasingly clean energy. We’re improving our transmission infrastructure, the backbone of our state’s energy system – powering communities and helping to build the smarter, cleaner energy future that customers want.  Duke Energy is planning to improve the power grid in our community.

Project at a glance

  • The project:
    • Construct a new substation off Aiken Road in Weaverville, NC
    • Build a new transmission line from the new substation to connect
      to an existing line south of Shadow Drive
    • Upgrade the existing transmission line
    • Construction start: Spring 2022
  • Project area: Weaverville, Buncombe County
  • Voltage: 115 kilovolts
  • Project completion: Fall 2023
 
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Transmission and what we do

 Watch our short video to learn more about the importance of transmission and how it plays a vital role in powering our communities.

Timeline

  • Project planning and design through 2022

  • Preconstruction activities (surveying, vegetation removal, soil borings) – Spring 2021 to Fall 2021

  • Start of construction – Spring 2022

  • Project completion – late 2023

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Customer demand for electricity in the Asheville area is expected to increase around 7% over the next decade. That’s why it's essential that Duke Energy make grid improvements like the Reems Creek Project now to reliably power homes, schools, hospitals and businesses in this region in the years ahead.

  • Engineers and planners use growth and energy usage projections, as well as continuous monitoring of the electric system, to identify the need for improvements to the system that serves our customers in Buncombe County. Since it can take several years to plan, develop, engineer and construct a project, we begin the process in advance to ensure the new facilities are in place and ready to meet customers’ energy needs.

  • Construction crews generally work weekdays during daylight hours and carry identification showing their affiliation with Duke Energy. The crews use a variety of vehicles and equipment to place and erect poles and to string wires. Following construction, the area will be restored as closely as possible to its original condition.

  • Our goal is to minimize impacts to homes and businesses as well as environmental and cultural resources. Close to construction of the line, which is expected to begin in spring 2022, vegetation clearing and tree removal will be conducted to ensure safe and unobstructed access for the construction, operation and maintenance of the substation and transmission line.
  • No. All the work is expected to be done without interruptions to customers' electric service.
  • A typical Duke Energy substation.

    Typical Substation

Contact Us

Please feel free to contact our Public Engagement team by phone at 866.297.5886 or by email CarolinasEast@duke-energy.com if you have questions or concerns.

Additional Resources

Here is more background and detailed information about the Reems Creek Reliability Project. These may help answer your questions.

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