Duke Energy’s so-called “Modernization” Plan doubles down on fossil fuels and threatens to disrupt hundreds of property owners, sensitive habitats, and the visual beauty of the southern Western North Carolina mountains. Duke claims that to keep the lights on in WNC, we need both a bigger fossil-fueled power plant and new high-voltage transmission lines at a price around a billion dollars. But MountainTrue, is asking if Duke really is choosing the most economically and environmentally viable solution or just overbuilding all their infrastructure. Read our statement calling on Duke to justify this fossilization plan here.
**URGENT Attend September 3, 6 p.m.: North Carolina Utilities Commission Public Staff hearing, Blue Ridge Community College Auditorium, 180 Campus Drive, Flat Rock, NC.
Currently Duke is considering many alternative routes and they need to hear from potentially impacted property owners about your concerns and any special resources on your property. You can automatically submit a letter to Utilities Commission staff and elected officials via our ACTION PAGE at bit.ly/NoDukeLines. South Carolina residents can do the same at bit.ly/NoDukeLinesSC.
If you prefer to contact your elected officials by mail or phone, click here for elected officials’ contact information in S.C. and N.C. There will be another public comment period later this year when Duke applies for state approval of the lines so stay tuned for updates!
Duke Energy’s public comment process that ended on August 31 isn’t the last time to make your voice heard. Duke is expected to choose a preferred transmission line path as early as this fall, but before construction can begin on lines or the plant, they will have to get approval and a certificate of need from the North and South Carolina Utilities Commissions. There will be a public comment and hearing process on their final plan and MountainTrue plans to join lawyers and experts in intervening in that process to the best of our efforts.
We all have a lot of questions right now that Duke hasn’t answered. One of the best things you can do is organize with your neighbors to support each other, share information and most importantly make sure that they’re also sending in comments on Duke Energy’s plans.
Many local groups have formed to do just that, and have now joined forces as the Carolina Land Coalition. In partnership with MountainTrue, CLC is a unified voice challenging Duke’s plans across the foothills and mountains. Add your voice at www.carolinalandcoalition.org and make a donation to support Carolina Land Coalition today! Click here to get updates emailed directly to you.
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Contact Joan Walker 828-258-8737 ext. 205, Joan@MountainTrue.org