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Rankin Avenue Reliability Project

Rankin Avenue Reliability Project

Powering our Asheville customers into the future

Duke Energy and the City of Asheville announce their mutual agreement to cancel the August 11 and August 22 community meetings regarding a potential land swap that would support the rebuilding of Duke Energy’s downtown electrical substation on land currently owned by the City of Asheville.

The rebuild of the substation, which is currently located on Duke Energy-owned property behind the Harrah’s Cherokee Center in downtown Asheville, is critical to power reliability of the area. Suspending this phase of engagement allows for further consideration to address options and community input. Once options have been further assessed, Duke Energy will evaluate additional opportunities for public input.

Project Details

The City of Asheville and Duke Energy signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to allow Duke Energy to conduct studies, surveys, and investigations of 57 Rankin Avenue. The studies will determine if the property could accommodate a rebuilt substation. Results are expected in 2022.

Project Location

See the locations of the existing substation and the new substation on Rankin Avenue.

Aerial view showing location of new Duke Energy substation in downtown Asheville.
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Why the new substation is needed

  • The current facility is more than 50 years old and is less reliable than newer facilities.

  • A new, modernized substation can help avoid future energy disruptions.

  • It will be more efficient and allow Duke Energy to serve the region's growing energy needs.

Benefits to the Community

Community Involvement

  • Community Engagement

    Duke Energy will share project news and updates with customers, businesses, and residents in a timely manner. Check back for updates.

  • We want to hear from you

    Residents and businesses can share their feedback and ask questions. There is also a public engagement manager available.

Want to stay informed?

Phone Number: 800.952.0414
West Region Transmission Public Engagement Hotline
Ref: Rankin Avenue Reliability Project

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