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Duke Energy fields questions about electric transmission lines for megasite

July 13 2016

The Courier Tribune

ASHEBORO — Duke Energy representatives and officials with the Greensboro-Randolph Megasite Foundation met with the public Tuesday in the preliminary steps of identifying a path for a 100k V electrical transmission line to the megasite.

The transmission line siting study is meant to gather data to determine the least impactful route to install the line once a customer is secured. The study will ultimately identify the preferred route in the study area to connect Duke Energy’s transmission infrastructure to the megasite.

“In addition to being available to answer questions from the public, we are gathering data from them,” said James Shapard, lead siting specialist for Duke Energy Carolina West.

A major energy bulk transmission line cuts across the northern part of Randolph County from west to east, crossing the megasite property. Officials said it cannot be tapped directly. Lines that can be tapped for power run roughly from Level Cross, east towards Climax, then north of N.C. 62 into Guilford County where the line continues east, about 4 miles inside Guilford County.

In theory, said Duke Energy representatives, the 100k V line could come off this line at any point.

No decisions were expected from Tuesday’s meeting. Shapard said staff will take input gathered at the public hearing along with ongoing studies and develop an undetermined number of alternative routes for the electrical line.

In August or September, Duke Energy plans to hold another public hearing to present its recommendations to the public for more input. The goal is to have a final recommendation by November or December.

Shapard and other Duke Energy representatives stressed, no work on transmission lines will begin until a client is identified for the megasite. Only then will work begin to buy right-of-ways, design the final project, get permits and eventually build the lines.

For more information or to see an interactive map for the proposed projects, visithttp://www.power-viz.com/grmegasite/. Interested parties can also contact Duke Energy atCarolinasTransmissionEnhancement@duke-energy.com or at the toll-free phone number, 1-800-365-8979. For more information about the megasite, visit www.http://greensboro-randolphmegasite.com/.

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