Duke Energy Downtown Electrical Substation

Last updated or reviewed on April 13, 2022

Duke Energy Substation property map

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Duke Launches Project Website

Duke Energy created a website called the Rankin Avenue Reliability Project, to provide background information, timelines, and project updates about the downtown substation. The website provides community members with updates on this and other Duke Energy projects focused on upgrading and modernizing infrastructure.

Additionally, community members can find contact and engagement information for Duke’s West Region:

West Region Transmission Public Engagement Hotline: 800.952.0414

Email: MountainRegion@duke-energy.com



Duke Energy’s current downtown substation, located behind Harrah’s Cherokee Center of Asheville, is more than 50 years old and needs to be replaced to increase efficiency and support the energy infrastructure needs of our downtown businesses and residents.

Duke Energy has been working with the City to explore options to build a new substation on the City’s property at 57 Rankin Avenue. The City and Duke created an agreement to allow Duke to conduct environmental and other appropriate testing on the properties to see whether it’s possible to build the new substation on the City’s property on Rankin Avenue.

The agreement established a good faith effort by both the City and Duke to engage with the community, coordinate testing activities to minimize impact on downtown businesses and residents, and have conversations about the project’s design.

One potential option to replace the old substation is to exchange property with the City. This would look like building a new substation on City property on Rankin Avenue and removing the current substation across the street. This would mean exchanging properties – the City would own the property where the current substation is in addition to a nearby parcel, and Duke would own the property where the new substation would be built. The map above illustrates the substation location (marked as parcel number 5355) and the properties involved in the testing and exchange.

When Duke completes its investigations, City Council will be able to vote on a land exchange and real estate terms for the City of Asheville and Duke Energy properties.



September 13, 2021: City staff presented an overview of Duke Energy’s Downtown Electrical Substation project to the Planning and Economic Development Committee.

September 28, 2021: City Council passed a resolution to enter into an agreement between Duke Energy and the City of Asheville to explore a land exchange to rebuild the existing substation across the street on City property at 57 Rankin Avenue and in return, grant the Duke-owned land next to the event center to the City.

October 2021: The City and Duke Energy finalized the agreement documents. The City will help Duke notify residents and businesses downtown who could be impacted by Duke’s site investigations.

November 2021: Site Investigations such as soil borings and environmental phase one testing occurred.

April 2022: Duke launched the public communication phase of the project. See Duke’s project website for more information.

2022: Duke will work with the City and the Downtown Asheville community throughout the community engagement and technical design phases.

2023: Anticipated kick-off for construction and site restoration.


Supporting Materials

Rankin Avenue Reliability Project Website

PED Presentation – September 13, 2021

City Council Resolution – September 28, 2021


Contact Information

Rachel Taylor

Economic Development Specialist

Community and Economic Development Department




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