Duke Energy cancels 45-mile power line over Blue Ridge mountains

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Duke Energy is changing its plans to improve a power plant near Asheville so a 45-mile power line won't need to be built across the mountains of North Carolina and South Carolina.

Duke Energy officials said Wednesday they will replace the coal-fired plant by 2020 with two plants that run on natural gas

The utility's original plan called for a new plant in Asheville with a substation near Spartanburg, South Carolina, with a 45-mile power line over the Blue Ridge mountains between.

Environmental groups thanked Duke Energy for changing its mind. Several of them joined with property owners to say the giant power line would ruin views and disturb the area.

A group called MountainTrue says it hopes this decision will push Duke Energy to use more renewable energy sources.