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Craggy-Enka Reliability Project

Craggy-Enka Reliability Project

Meeting the growing energy needs of Buncombe County.

Current Project Activity

Over the next few weeks, project neighbors may notice increased surveying activity along the existing transmission line. Surveyors walk the existing transmission corridor to identify environmentally sensitive areas, natural resources, topography, structure locations and right of way concerns.

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.


Project Overview

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 right of way 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.

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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 Right of Way

  • Help Promote Cleaner Sources of Energy

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Project Timeline*

The Craggy-Enka Reliability Project is a 9-mile project to update and construct transmission structures within an existing right of way 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.
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Join us for a Virtual Open House

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re having virtual open houses to help protect our communities. You will find the same information you would hear at a traditional in-person meeting. Move around the virtual room at your own pace, visit the informational booths, view presentations and more.
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See Our Interactive Map

See the path of the existing transmission lines and where grid improvements will be made.

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.
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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 We will respond to you in a timely fashion, answering any concerns or questions you may have.