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51st Street to Central Plaza

Duke Energy is planning to build a new transmission line in St. Petersburg to ensure a reliable supply of electricity to homes, schools and businesses in the area.

Duke Energy will install a new 115-kilovolt (kV) transmission line from our 51st Street substation, at 5054 Central Ave., to the Central Plaza substation, at 300 31st Street South. This 2-mile line is part of a series of projects to improve reliability in the region.

Duke Energy has identified the need in the eastern and southern sections of St. Petersburg to provide an alternative path for power. A 115-kV transmission line will be built to ensure overloading of the lines does not occur at the 51st Street and 40th Street substations. This will help protect against potential outages to customers served from the following substations: Central Plaza, Maximo, and 16th Street. This alternative path will also help prevent outages in the surrounding area as this project is part of a larger plan within the city to enhance reliability and is connected to the expansion of the grid coming from the Bartow Plant on Weedon Island.

Construction at the substations began in the fall 2010 and is near completion. Construction of the line is expected to begin the week of February 11. The entire project is scheduled to be completed in June 2013.

Contact: If you have questions about the project, please email us or call 877-840-0101.