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Craggy-Enka Reliability Project

Craggy-Enka Reliability Project

Meeting the growing energy needs of Buncombe County.

Project Overview

At Duke Energy, we're committed to making continued improvements that expand the delivery of more reliable, affordable and cleaner energy to our customers in the Asheville region. Over the past 20 years, the Asheville region has grown and so has the need for reliable energy. That’s why we’re making infrastructure improvements to help ensure our customers have affordable, reliable and cleaner energy. The Craggy-Enka Reliability Project will upgrade an existing transmission line and add a new 230-kilovolt transmission line within the existing easement area in western Buncombe County to meet the growing energy needs of the region. In addition, we will upgrade several substations to strengthen the electric grid serving the community. These critical upgrades will also support the addition of renewable energy for Duke Energy customers throughout the region.

Community Benefits

These grid investments will help our customers in many ways now and for many years to come.
  • Meet Growing Energy Demand in the Region

  • Reduce Outages and Strengthen Reliability

  • Minimize Impact Using Existing Easement Area

  • Help Promote Cleaner Sources of Energy

Grid Improvement Overview

Learn more about the structures and work involved in an energy grid improvement project. See how the structures connect and what work needs to be done in order to make these important improvements.

Project Comparison Tool

See what the new transmission structures will look like in the Craggy-Enka corridor.
Photo showing the original style of transmission poles used in the Craggy Enka project..    Photo showing the style of transmission poles used after completion of the Craggy Enka project.

Photos showing the type of transmission poles used before and after completion of the project with a single-pole design.

Project Timeline*

The Craggy-Enka Reliability Project is a 9-mile project to update and construct transmission structures within an existing easement and make upgrades to existing substations. Work began in April 2021 and will be conducted in phases, with completion in 2025. Here's a look at typical project activities:
Latest project timeline for the Craggy Enka Project

*This is a working timeline. There may be lulls between phases, and weather delays could affect the timing of the construction activities.
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See the path of the existing transmission lines and where grid improvements will be made.

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