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Duke Energy Progress, LLC’s
Request to Build a 7-Mile, 230-kV Power Line,
Substation, and Switching Station in Carteret County
Docket No. E-2 Sub 1113


On August 3, 2017, Duke Energy Progress, LLC (Progress), requested approval to build a new 230-kV power line, substation and switching station in Carteret County.  The new Harlowe Substation would be located west of State Route 101 in Harlowe. The new 7-mile line would extend west from that new substation to an existing 230-kV line near Newport where a new Newport Switching Station would be built.

Progress filed a lengthy-page report detailing the routes that they studied and why they chose this route. That report is available here.  

Progress states in its application that the new line, substation and switching station are needed to increase electric capacity in the immediate area and to ensure reliable service in the region.  The Company states that its transmission system serves Progress customers as well as those of rural electric cooperatives and municipally owned electric utilities. Progress states further that its studies show that by the summer of 2020 the new line will be needed to address voltage problems and increase electric capacity and service reliability across Eastern North Carolina.

The Commission scheduled the November 30th hearing in order to hear the views of Progress customers and landowners who would be impacted by this project. The hearing is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. in the District Courtroom of the Carteret County Courthouse, 300 Courthouse Square, Beaufort.  This hearing could be cancelled if no significant protests are filed with the Commission.

The Commission has also scheduled an expert witness hearing on Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 10:00 a.m., in Hearing Room 2115, Dobbs Building, 430 North Salisbury Street, Raleigh.  Progress witnesses will provide expert witness testimony and be subject to cross-examination. Other parties could provide expert witnesses as well. Again, this hearing could be cancelled if no significant protests are filed with the Commission.

The Public Staff of the North Carolina Utilities Commission will represent the using and consuming public in this proceeding.  You can send them an email here

Finally, all the documents for this proceeding can be found here.





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