- Associated Press - Thursday, October 8, 2015

HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Duke Energy is delaying an announcement on where it will put transmission lines in western North Carolina, saying it needs additional time to consider public comment as well as alternatives to the proposed lines.

The Times-News of Hendersonville reports (https://bit.ly/1je5LI2) the utility said in a statement Thursday that more time is needed to consider more than 9,000 comments it received, and to create a solution to bring cleaner and reliable power to the region.

The company wants to construct a 45-mile transmission line between a substation to be built in Campobello, South Carolina, and Asheville as part of its larger modernization project, which would replace the coal-burning Asheville plant with a natural gas plant.

Community groups say the utility’s plans would impact the environment, the economy and way of life.

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