Residents of Westfield and Noblesville will have the opportunity to view concept plans and ask questions about a new Duke Energy substation and transmission lines during virtual and in-person information sessions this month.
Duke Energy plans to build two new transmission lines and a new substation near the intersection of Ind. 32 and from Moontown Road to the Westfield/Noblesville border. Residents can attend an information session virtually at 6 or 7:15 p.m. June 7 and 9 or in person from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. June 21 at the Grand Park Events Center, 19000 Grand Park Blvd., Westfield.
Transmission lines will be constructed first to feed the substation. Duke Energy community relations manager Mark LaBarr said the company was building the transmission lines and substation due to growth in the Westfield area.
“If we don’t address growth, we worry about reliability and not being able to meet that demand,” LaBarr said. “We all expect that when we flick the switch or turn on the device, electrical power will be there when we need it.”
The substation will be built in the southeast quadrant of Ind. 32 and Gray Road.
“There is going to be a structure on this site. There will be a Transformer in there,” LaBarr said. “Some of these things can be 15 feet tall. Some poles in there will be taller than that, maybe 50 or 60 feet tall.
The public comment period for the project runs until the end of July. Duke Energy will announce its preferred route for the transmission lines later this summer. LaBarr expects construction to begin in 2024.
“It goes hand-in-hand with the community growth that’s happening throughout Hamilton County,” LaBarr said. “Westfield, their growth since 2000 has almost quadrupled. A substation like this and the need to install lines to energize it will continue our mission to provide safe and reliable power to serve these developing communities.
LaBarr said the substation will serve residents of Westfield and Noblesville.
“This helps build our system’s resilience in this area to prevent outages and speed up recovery time,” he said.
To learn more or to receive the link to the virtual briefings, visit duke-energy.com/our-company/about-us/electric-transmission-projects/Noblesville.