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Duke Energy Progress, LLC’s
Request to Build a 11.5-Mile, 230-kV Power Line
and Substation in Johnston County
Docket No. E-2 Sub 1150

On July 14, 2017, Duke Energy Progress, LLC (Progress), requested approval to build a new 230-kV power line and substation in Johnston County.  The new substation would be called the Cleveland‑Matthews Road Substation, and it would be located on the southeast corner of Polenta Road and Matthews Road where Progress has already purchased the needed land. The power line would be 11.5 miles long. From the new substation, the new line would go south-southeast to the existing Erwin-Selma 230-kV line. The new line would cross:

 

Progress filed a 144-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 and substation are needed to provide reliable service for existing customers and anticipated new residences and businesses, especially in the vicinity of Cleveland Road and Matthews Road.

The Commission scheduled the October 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 6:30 p.m. in Courtroom No. 4 of the Johnston County Courthouse, 207 E. Johnston Street, Smithfield.  This hearing could be cancelled if no significant protests are filed with the Commission.

The Commission has also scheduled an evidentiary hearing on Tuesday, October 31, 2017, 10:00 a.m., in Hearing Room 2115, Dobbs Building, 430 North Salisbury Street, Raleigh.  Progress will provide expert witness testimony, and the witnesses will 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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