New power substation will give southeast Charlotte development some juice

Power lines in Rock Hill
Power lines in Rock Hill

Southeast Charlotte and western Union counties are growing fast, and with all that growth comes a need for more power.

That’s why Duke Power wants to build a new substation in south Charlotte, on Lancaster Highway. It’s the kind of un-sexy infrastructure growth underpinning the flood of new development around town.

Plans submitted Tuesday to the city show a new Duke substation on land just west of Ballantyne Corporate Park. The land is just south of a Duke Energy right-of-way.

Here’s the description of the project: “Proposed Duke-Energy Substation Site to be developed to meet the demand for electricity in southeastern Mecklenburg County and western Union County. Existing demand for electricity in these areas has caused significant line loading on the Weddington Lines.”

Although such behind-the-scenes structures aren’t often seen (unless you happen to live next to a new substation), they’re needed to make new development possible.

Ely Portillo: 704-358-5041, @ESPortillo