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Old 08-21-2015, 12:07 PM
 
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Ugh.

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Duke Energy wants to build a 40-mile long transmission line through the Blue Ridge Mountains and Foothills of the Carolinas connecting a new natural gas plant in Asheville to a proposed new substation in Campobello, South Carolina. Over 200 towers with an average height of 140 feet would support this massive line; some of the towers would be as high as 192 feet. Duke is considering 44 possible routes for the line.

The “study area” for the line includes large portions of northern Greenville County, northern Spartanburg County, southern Polk County and Henderson County.

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The Upstate Forever site has more details and an online petition.

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Old 08-21-2015, 09:53 PM
 
Location: Greer, SC
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Bye bye Sky Top Orchard. Duke will be cutting it down to run those lines, and what is left will probably have to be closed to the public due to Duke's No Trespassing Policy for their Right of Way.
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Old 08-21-2015, 10:08 PM
 
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Does Duke Energy have lines in place from Lake Julian to Campobello? If yes, could those lines be upgraded using existing routes?
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Old 08-22-2015, 05:33 PM
 
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If the electricity needed in SC was generated here, these lines wouldn't be needed. I'd rather see an expansion at the plant on the Saluda instead.
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Old 08-22-2015, 10:43 PM
 
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If the electricity needed in SC was generated here, these lines wouldn't be needed. I'd rather see an expansion at the plant on the Saluda instead.
Isn't that plant being updated to burn natural gas, with more efficiency and greater output?
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Old 08-23-2015, 07:22 AM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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If the electricity needed in SC was generated here, these lines wouldn't be needed. I'd rather see an expansion at the plant on the Saluda instead.
If we all installed solar systems on our home, we could really generate electricity "here." Like right at your house, without burning anything, and reducing your electric bill. Win, win, win.

We could start tearing down transmission lines instead of building more.
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Old 08-23-2015, 07:28 AM
 
Location: South Carolina
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Isn't that plant being updated to burn natural gas, with more efficiency and greater output?
Yes, Lake Julian in Arden, North Carolina is undergoing that conversion. ("Arden, North Carolina: Duke Energy Lake Julian Plant Converting from Coal to Natural Gas and Solar Energy.")
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Old 08-23-2015, 11:01 PM
 
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Isn't that plant being updated to burn natural gas, with more efficiency and greater output?
Yes, both the plant along the Saluda in SC and the Asheville plants are being converted from coal to gas.

Current plans, however, are to make the Asheville plant very large and then transmit power from there down the mountains to SC. I just think it makes more sense to generate power for SC in SC where the transmission lines can be shorter and routed over flatter terrain.
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Old 08-24-2015, 05:39 AM
 
Location: Upstate
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If we all installed solar systems on our home, we could really generate electricity "here." Like right at your house, without burning anything, and reducing your electric bill. Win, win, win.

We could start tearing down transmission lines instead of building more.
I second this. The price of solar is coming down fast. In the next year or so, they expect the price to install or lease solar panels to be equivalent or less than the power you buy now.

Solar may not work for everyone, but for the places where it would work, it would take a huge bite out of the need for new power plants or power lines.
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Old 11-04-2015, 11:04 AM
 
Location: South Carolina
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Duke Energy is suspending plans for the transmission line.

Further reading:
Anderson, Trevor. "Duke Energy to shelve transmission line plans." Spartanburg Herald-Journal. 2015-11-04.
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