Hendersonville, NC – Today Representative Chuck McGrady (R-Henderson) issued the following statement in response to Duke Energy’s announcement regarding proposed transmission lines in Henderson County and its plans for replacement of the Asheville coal-fired power plant:
“I’m gratified that Duke Energy has responded to the overwhelming sentiment expressed in the over 9,000 comments it received by not proceeding with the proposed new transmission lines in Henderson County. Duke Energy is to be commended on listening to its customers and my constituents.
“I’m also proud of my constituents who weren’t bashful in expressing their views and in many cases providing informed input to the Duke Energy’s Western Carolinas Modernization Project.
“While closing the coal-fired power plant and replacing it with a state-of-the-art natural gas-fired plant is the right thing to do, Duke Energy evidently got the message that its customers wanted more emphasis on renewable energy and a serious effort to promote energy efficiency.
“I look forward to reviewing the specifics of Duke Energy’s new plan, and Senator Tom Apodaca, Rep. Chris Whitmire and I will closely monitor implementation of Duke Energy’s new plan when it is approved by the North Carolina Utilities Commission.”
For more details on Duke Energy’s announcement, please visit their web page “Western Carolinas Modernization” and read Derek Lacey’s report in the November 4 Hendersonville Times-News, “Duke Energy kills line construction through WNC.” For specific questions related to the project, call 800.820.9359 or email WCModernization@duke-energy.com.