Manatee County - FPL’s Memphis Loop Project
FPL is planning to construct a new 230-kilovolt transmission line in the West Ellenton area of Manatee County. The transmission “loop” will provide a reliable connection between our existing transmission grid and a new substation being constructed east of the intersection of 16th Avenue East and 21st Street Court East. To help minimize the effects on neighborhoods, FPL will be using existing roadways and our own railway corridor in this area.
Why is the project needed?
At FPL, we know how important uninterrupted power is to our customers and we are continually upgrading and improving our facilities to ensure safe and reliable power.
Manatee County, north of the Manatee River, has been a growing area within the FPL system. Growth in new customers and increased usage by existing customers, coupled with the revitalized commercial growth throughout the area, has placed increasing demands on our electrical system.
Average electric usage among existing FPL customers has increased over the last 10 years and is expected to continue at that higher level. For example, in the last decade there has been a 20 percent increase in the average home size in FPL's service area. Homeowners and businesses are also utilizing more electrical appliances today than they did 10 years ago.
What will the new power lines look like?
The power-line engineering for this project is just getting started. In general, the new line will be consistent with our current single-pole concrete design. Where the new line will coincide with other lines that already exist, both lines will be combined on a single pole as practical. A photo example of what this new line will look like is illustrated to the right.
Keeping you informed and minimizing inconvenience
We are meeting with governmental officials, community leaders and interested customers to explain the need for this line and to assure them that it will be constructed with safety in mind.
Over the next several months we will be surveying and performing engineering analysis along the proposed route. The completion date for the project has been delayed, which reflects the current slowdown in new construction and the associated growth in demand for electricity. Construction is now scheduled to begin in early 2013 and is expected to be completed by November of that year.
We will make every effort to minimize any inconvenience to the community and individual property owners and to work safely and respectfully as we construct the project.
If you have questions, you may contact FPL by phone at 1-800-693-3267.