- Capacity: 376 megawatts
- Location: Skyland, North Carolina
- Commercial Date: 1964
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.
Information included in recent neighbor updates, along with work and progress at the site.