- Associated Press - Friday, September 4, 2015

FLAT ROCK, N.C. (AP) - Duke Energy officials have laid out their case for a new high voltage transmission line from Upstate South Carolina to the Asheville area.

Multiple media outlets reported that about 1,000 people crowded Henderson County’s Blue Ridge Community College to hear five Duke officials explain the plan.

Duke says it needs the 230-kilovolt line to meet electricity demand in the region. The line would run from Campobello, South Carolina, to Asheville.

Residents have complained about how the project would spoil mountain views.

Duke has rejected the idea of burying the line, saying it would be too expensive and would be more difficult to repair.

The Duke representatives were questioned by the North Carolina Utilities Commission Public Staff, which researches and advocates for utility plans and service in the public interest.

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