The Western Carolinas Modernization Project includes:
- Retiring the 376-megawatt (MW) Asheville coal units; excavating the ash and closing the basin.
- Building two 280-megawatt (winter rating) combined-cycle power plants on the Asheville coal plant site to take advantage of historically low gas prices.
- Working with the local gas distribution company to upgrade an existing intrastate gas pipeline that will serve the region beginning in 2019 and will provide a firm fuel supply to the new combined-cycle natural gas plant.
- Building new transmission infrastructure and upgrading related area substation infrastructure.
- Continuing to move ahead on coal ash excavation and ash basin closure at the Asheville power plant site.
These investments provide economical and long-term reliability for the region while reducing our environmental footprint.