Craggy-Enka Reliability Project
Craggy-Enka Reliability Project
Meeting the growing energy needs of Buncombe County.
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 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.
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:
*This is a working timeline. There may be lulls between phases, and weather delays could affect the timing of the construction activities.
See Our Interactive Map
See the path of the existing transmission lines and where grid improvements will be made.
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About the Craggy-Enka Reliability Project
Duke Energy's Michael Wojnarowski provides an overview of the company's Craggy-Enka Reliability Project.
Benefits to the Community
The Craggy-Enka Reliability Project will help meet greater demand and improve reliability.
The Energy Superhighway
Learn about the importance of transmission infrastructure and how it plays a vital role in powering our communities.
Maintenance of Easement Areas
Learn about easements and what’s deemed a safe and appropriate use of the property.
Learn what occurs during the preconstruction phase of an electric transmission project.
See why it’s important to keep easement areas free and clear of any vegetation.
Frequently Asked Questions
We want to hear from you
Your feedback is important to us. We will provide updates throughout the project, but if you have questions or need more information, please call 888.385.3408 or email CraggyEnka@duke-energy.com. We will respond to you in a timely fashion, answering any concerns or questions you may have.