About the Projects
In the past 20 years, Asheville has grown and so have its energy needs. Duke Energy is committed to meeting these needs and providing reliable electricity to downtown Asheville by:
- Rebuilding the substation located at Rankin Avenue, which is more than 50 years old
- Building a new substation at Patton Avenue, which the city of Asheville approved in 2019
While both projects were temporarily paused, Duke Energy and the city of Asheville have restarted work to identify an ideal location to rebuild the Rankin Avenue substation and discuss timing for building the new substation on Patton Avenue. During both projects, Duke Energy is committed to engaging the community throughout the process, providing neighboring residents and businesses opportunities to ask questions and gather information.
Rankin Avenue Substation Rebuild
Duke Energy and the city of Asheville are exploring rebuilding the substation on the parcel adjacent to the existing substation located at Rankin Avenue and Hiawassee Street.
In February 2023, Duke Energy conducted surveying and site explorations around the proposed site at Rankin Avenue. Once results from our studies confirm this location, Duke Energy will begin substation design plans, including aesthetic considerations. Those plans will be shared with the community over the next several months.
During the construction process, Duke Energy will place a mobile substation at Patton Avenue – the future home of a second new substation.
Patton Avenue Substation Build
Once construction is completed at the Rankin Avenue substation, we will move forward with construction plans for the new Patton Avenue substation.
Approved by the Asheville City Council in 2019, the Patton Avenue plans include a GIS (gas-insulated, high-voltage switchgear) substation near the corner of Patton Avenue and Knoxville Place.