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Rankin Avenue Reliability Project

Downtown Asheville Energy Investments

Powering our Asheville customers into the future

About the Projects

In the past 20 years, Asheville has grown and so have its energy needs. Duke Energy is working to provide energy the way customers want it – cleaner, smarter and more reliable. 

The Downtown Asheville Energy Investments are a series of upgrades designed to modernize infrastructure and ensure reliable electricity to homes and businesses for years to come. The upgrades include: 

  • Rebuilding the substation located at Rankin Avenue, which is more than 50 years old
  • Building a new substation near Patton Avenue, which the city of Asheville approved in 2019

Rankin Avenue Substation Rebuild

Duke Energy and the city of Asheville are working closely to plan the location, timing and aesthetics of the rebuilt substation, currently planned for the parcel adjacent to the existing substation located at Rankin Avenue and Hiawassee Street. Duke Energy is working through the regulatory process, including aesthetic considerations, with the city of Asheville and will continue to work in close partnership with the city throughout the planning, construction and restoration phases of the project. 

Before construction begins, Duke Energy will install a temporary substation near Patton Avenue. The temporary substation will support reliable energy service during the Rankin Avenue substation rebuild. 

Patton Avenue Substation Build

Once construction is complete at the Rankin Avenue substation, we will remove the temporary substation near Patton Avenue and will move forward with construction plans for the new Patton Avenue substation. 

Approved by the Asheville City Council in 2019, the Patton Avenue plans include a GIS (gas-insulated) substation near the corner of Patton Avenue and Knoxville Place.


Preliminary Designs of Patton Avenue Substation Rebuild

Preliminary Designs of Rankin Avenue Substation Rebuild

Project Details

  • January 2023: Duke Energy and city of Asheville restarted work to explore an ideal location for rebuilding the Rankin Avenue substation and discussed timing for the new Patton Avenue substation.
  • February 2023: City of Asheville and Duke Energy began outreach and communicated updates with project neighbors. Duke Energy conducted site explorations and surveying at the proposed substation locations.
  • Mid-2023: Duke Energy begins local regulatory process, including Informal and Formal Design Review, Technical Review, Downtown Commission and more.

Project Location

Map showing location of the new Rankin Avenue substation.

Impacts of Improved Substations

Benefits to the Community

  • The rebuilt substation at Rankin Avenue and the new substation at Patton Avenue will help enable Duke Energy to continue providing reliable electricity that meets Asheville’s growing energy needs.
    • The rebuilt substation at Rankin Avenue will help mitigate against future energy disruptions as it will replace aging infrastructure. 
    • The new substation at Patton Avenue will help provide greater capacity for the growing community. 
  • Both projects play an integral role in helping to maintain and strengthen a robust system for supplying and delivering energy.
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Phone Number: 800.952.0414
West Region Transmission Public Engagement Hotline
Reference: Rankin Avenue Reliability Project
or Patton Avenue Substation Rebuild

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