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CP&L Plan Draws Opposition From Western Wake Residents

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WAKE COUNTY, N.C. — A proposed power line in western Wake County is drawing opposition.

Carolina Power and Light

wants to build a seven-mile, 115-kiloVolt transmission line along U.S. 1 south Apex.

Residents living along the

proposed power line path

met Tuesday night to discuss ways to change the route, which goes through some scenic farm country.

Kent Goodwin is among dozens of people who could be affected by CP&L's plans.

"Well I don't want my land value to go down. That's what I see it doing -- going down," he said. "I wouldn't think it's going to raise it, would you?"

"We're hoping it's not too late, that we can offer some reasonable alternatives without infringing on other property owners' property," said opponent Nancy Weihsmann.

CP&L is working with individual property owners to minimize how the line would affect them.

"It is very difficult nowadays to build the infrastructure needed to supply electricity to a large component of the population without having some adverse impact on individual property owners,"said Mike Hughes of Progress Energy, CP&L's parent company.

The power company hopes to have the line built by the middle of next year.