Leadership Asheville hosted a capacity crowd at its panel discussion on WNC's future energy needs on Feb. 3.

Reducing peak energy demand key to size of future Duke plant

Peak energy demand will determine the capacity of Duke Energy’s planned upgrades at the company’s Lake Julian power plant, according to speakers at a panel discussion on WNC’s future energy needs on Feb. 3. Speakers stressed the importance of partnerships between Duke Energy, local government and community partners to reduce demand and delay or eliminate a third new natural gas-fired generation unit planned for the Lake Julian site.

ALL GROWN UP: The Hop’s house-made ice pops — or Hopsicles — which debuted last winter, now offer an iteration that caters to grown-ups with the addition of Urban Orchard Cider Co.’s hard-cider products.

Small bites: Hard-cider ice pops from Urban Orchard and The Hop

Urban Orchard’s specialty ciders are used by The Hop to make several frozen treats; Foothills Meats has added another business partner and announced a CSA with meat and house-made deli products in addition to expanding into Charlotee; MG Road will host a wintery dining experience with the help of guest chef James Grogan; and MetroWines donates a portion of select sales to combat muscular dystrophy.