Today we got the news we’ve all been waiting for: Duke Energy announced a drastically scaled back Western Carolinas Modernization plan that completely eliminates the proposed substation in Campobello, SC, and the 230 kilovolt, 40-mile transmission line that would have connected the two. The new plan also reduces the size of a new natural gas-powered plant near Asheville by 90 megawatts.

I applaud Duke for listening to our communities, going back to the drawing board and setting a new course that is more consistent with our values and respectful of our region’s natural heritage. This very exciting news is a testament to what can happen when people come together to demand the future we want!

While you breathe a big, well-deserved sigh of relief, please know that this campaign isn’t over. Natural gas is a major contributor to global climate change, and our forests and local farmers are already feeling the impact. We need to continue to move Duke Energy toward energy efficiency and clean energy, so we’re not fighting another transmission line and power plant in a few years. And finally, we all need to hold Duke Energy to their promise and fully scrutinize their new plan and make our voices heard and public hearings and comment periods.
It’s been an honor for me, and MountainTrue, to work with you on securing this exciting win. We will continue our 32+ year legacy of protecting the places we share and stay vigilant for future threats in Western North Carolina. This won’t be the last threat to our beloved mountains, so please continue to stand with us.


Joan Walker,

MountainTrue, CampaignCoordinator