The Pittsboro Hanks Chapel grid improvement project plans to add a new substation and power lines to help improve reliability, resiliency, and better enable the integration of cleaner energy options and innovative technologies. We are conducting a transmission line route study to gather data and determine the least impactful route.

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Proposed Study Area Map

See the area for the new proposed substation and path for new power lines.

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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.

We want to hear from you.

Let us know your thoughts on the Pittsboro Hanks Chapel project. We value your feedback. Comments will be accepted until Jan. 10, 2021.

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Join us: Virtual Open House

Due to the pandemic, we're having a Virtual Open House rather than an in-person meeting for the safety of everyone. You can find the same information you would hear at a traditional meeting online and you can move around the room at your own pace. Visit the informational booths, view presentations and more. Participate anywhere, anytime. You can submit feedback until Jan. 10, 2021. 


  • Project Study Area Open House: September – October 2020

  • Community Input Process: Due By: Oct. 10, 2020

  • Alternative Corridors Open House: December 2020

  • Community Input Process: Due By: January 10, 2021


Frequently Asked Questions

  • A multi-disciplinary, objective analysis to identify a transmission line route. Duke Energy’s process includes social, land use, environmental and engineering considerations and develops a line’s route to have the least impact to each. The siting study utilizes information from publicly available data sources but also relies on collecting data from other stakeholders as well. Duke Energy depends on records from government agencies and feedback from property owners and the general public to ensure appropriate routing decisions. 

  • The process is generally split into three primary phases: data collection, alternative route analysis and decision reporting. Duke Energy relies on information and feedback from the public during all phases of the study, usually at public open houses. During data collection, the study creates a baseline study area to include a reasonably sized vicinity in which to identify a set of route options to consider. Duke Energy investigates all available resources to collect information on constraints (areas to avoid) and opportunities for transmission line routing in the study area. Alternative route analysis primarily focuses on development of route options within the study area. The data collected in the previous phase, including information from the public, is used to create a set of route alternatives. These route alternatives are presented to the public stakeholders in meetings with public agencies and regulators and during another open house. These alternatives are then evaluated and scored based on a number of criteria with social, land use, environmental and engineering considerations. Duke Energy will then comprehensively review the quantitative results of the analysis and select a preferred route for the transmission line. During decision reporting, all stakeholders are notified of our decision; at this time, affected property owners are contacted about the route selection.

  • In most cases, the major benefits to a new substation will come longer range, but there are benefits that will come the day the substation is energized or soon after. Some of those are:

    1. Providing substation and distribution capacity to serve new load
    2. Strengthening the transmission and distribution grids
    3. Reducing the number of customers experiencing an outage
    4. Significant reductions in outage restoration time
    5. Increasing the capacity of the grid to manage new load in the most economical manner
    6. Creating additional distribution feeder ties, which increases flexibility to facilitate substation and distribution maintenance work

Contact Us

Please call 866.297.5886 or email

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