Duke Energy is considering adding about 200 miles of transmission lines across nine counties to maintain reliability and to move energy efficiently to customers throughout the region and state. The lines would be 230 and 500 kilovolts (kV).
Duke Energy has a legal responsibility to meet its customers' growing energy needs and to propose solutions that maintain reliable service. Duke Energy is in the preliminary stages of considering the construction of new – and the expansion of existing – transmission equipment to meet the future energy needs of the state.
Transmission lines are planned in three main segments: from Levy County south to Hernando County, from Pinellas County east to Kathleen in Polk County and from Levy County east to the Wildwood/Leesburg area. These proposed transmission lines could affect the counties of Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Lake, Levy, Marion, Pinellas, Polk and Sumter.
The transmission lines are expected to be built on two types of structures. Typically, the single steel poles would be between 90 and 165 feet tall; the H-frame (two-pole) structures about 120 feet tall. The structures would be spaced 700 to 1,300 feet apart, depending on the structure and terrain.
Easement acquisition, additional engineering and design and other milestones will occur before construction gets under way.
- Provide electricity to meet the demands of continued growth in the region, for our customers and other utilities.
- Increase operational flexibility and a backup system for providing critical energy to the area.
- Maintain a robust system for supplying and delivering electricity to ensure continued economic prosperity in the region.
- Enhance system reliability and minimize the potential for service interruptions.
Duke Energy land agents will work individually with property owners to purchase easements or fee-owned land for the proposed transmission lines. These agreements will allow construction, operation and maintenance of the transmission line.
Duke Energy believes public participation is critical to the success of the project. The company will hold informational meetings throughout the process. We also have initiated an innovative community outreach process called the Community Partnership for Energy Planning. The process involves a cross section of the local communities, including public officials, businesses, homeowners, environmentalists, among others. The Florida Public Service Commission may also hold public hearings as part of its review process. Duke Energy will also make information available online, as well as communicate directly with affected property owners and others throughout the process.