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Highway 160 Transmission Line Routing Study

Proposed new 100-kV Transmission Line

Duke Energy is committed to providing safe, reliable, and affordable energy to customers. Maintaining a robust system for supplying and delivering electricity is critical to ensuring the continued reliability and economic prosperity of the region.

About the Highway 160 Transmission Line Routing Study

Duke Energy has identified a need to upgrade the transmission system in York and Lancaster counties. To meet our customers’ increasing demand for energy, the company plans to construct a new single-circuit, 100-kilovolt (kV) transmission line to connect a proposed Keer America customer substation to our existing bulk transmission infrastructure.
We are conducting a transmission line routing study to gather data to determine the least impactful route. This three-phase transmission line routing study is widely utilized within the electric utility industry as the most comprehensive method to identify a future transmission line corridor.

Project Description

  • Perform a transmission line routing study to include two open houses to gather public input for consideration.
  • Determine a preferred route based on the routing study analysis and announce the preferred route to the community in the first quarter of 2019.
  • Construct a proposed new 100kV transmission line from a tap point along existing transmission infrastructure to the proposed customer substation. 
  • The proposed new 100kV transmission line is estimated to be approximately four miles in length. Conclusion of the routing study analysis will determine length.
  • The line will be built using concrete and/or steel monopoles about 80 to 110 feet tall. 

Benefits to the Community

New transmission infrastructure in the area:
  • enhances the ability for Duke Energy and neighboring utilities to provide safe and reliable energy to homes, community facilities, and businesses in the area.
  • enhances capacity to meet the demands of growing energy needs in York and Lancaster counties.
  • ensures more flexibility for providing critical energy needs to communities in the region and maintains a robust system for supplying and delivering energy, which is integral to ensuring continued economic prosperity in the region.

Public Input

Duke Energy appreciates feedback from the community and remains committed to conducting an open route-selection process. The company will ensure the route selected has the least overall impact on property owners, the environment, and the community. In addition to two public informational meetings held Summer 2018 in Lancaster County, Duke Energy held a 30-day comment period collecting public input by phone, email, and an electronic comment form on the Duke Energy website. Our public comment period concluded September 7, 2018.

Key Project Dates

Community input process:
August 9 - September 7, 2018
Right of way acquisition:
Begins first quarter of 2019
Line construction:
Fall 2019 to Summer 2020
New transmission line is completed:
Summer 2020

News and Resources

Highway 160 Transmission Line Routing Study
News and Resources sorted by date descending
Maintenance and Use of Rights of Way (PDF)Resource07/23/2021
Project Timeline (PDF)Resource08/17/2018
Potential Route Corridors (PDF)Route Map08/17/2018
Typical 100-kV Structures (PDF)Resource08/17/2018
Study Area Map (PDF)Route Map08/09/2018