Asheville Plant

Capacity: 376 megawatts
Location: Skyland, North Carolina
Commercial Date: 1964
Status: Operating

The two-unit, 376-megawatt coal-fired Asheville Plant is located in Skyland, N.C. The site also includes two combustion turbines capable of producing 324 megawatts. The Asheville Plant is the largest electric generating facility in Western North Carolina, and began commercial operation in 1964, with additions in 1971, 1999 and 2000.

In the past four decades, our customers’ electricity use in the Asheville area has more than doubled. And demand for electricity in this portion of our service area is expected to grow by more than 15 percent in the next decade.

The Western Carolinas Modernization Project is a comprehensive plan that will transform the energy system in the region to meet the growing needs of our customers. The power plant and electric transmission projects will also create a peak workforce of approximately 800 jobs in the 2017–2019 time frame, and bring significant property tax revenues. The project is expected to be completed by 2020.

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Plant Happenings

Information included in recent neighbor updates, along with work and progress at the site.



Dec. 6, 2017 Update to neighbors on construction activities for many projects ongoing at the plant for the next several years
Oct. 6, 2017 Learn more about our emergency action plans for coal ash facilities. Ash basins continue to operate safely and are highly regulated. Removing water and permanently closing basins, work that is already planned or underway, adds an additional margin of safety. Inundation maps are planning tools that illustrate a worst-case scenario and depict the areas that could be impacted in the unlikely event of a complete dam failure.

May - July 2017 

Crews at the Asheville combined-cycle project are removing rock by drilling 10- to 20- feet into the ground to prepare the site for the new natural gas plant. Though crews will be performing drilling activities every 2-3 days, we don't expect project neighbors to hear additional noise from the drilling process.


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