St. Johns-Pellicer-Pringle Transmission Line Project
FPL plans to construct an overhead transmission line from an existing substation located on SR 207 southwest of St. Augustine to a proposed substation located west of U.S. 1 and Matanzas Woods Parkway. Because the proposed power line is expected to be more than 15 miles long and will cross county lines, the project will require a Transmission Line Siting Act certification. The Transmission Line Siting Act can be found in Chapter 403 Part II of the Florida Statutes (Sections 403.52-403.5365, Florida Statutes).
Part of the planned 230-kilovolt transmission line must be in service by November 2013, and the remainder by year-end 2013 in order to accommodate new growth and maintain reliable service in portions of Flagler and St. Johns counties. FPL looks forward to a constructive and collaborative relationship with its neighbors while we move forward and continue to provide safe, affordable and reliable electric service.
Why is the project needed?
The power line is needed to meet projected demand for electricity from existing and new customers. These two counties have been among the fastest growing in FPL’s service territory.
Where will the power line be located?
We will work with residents, business owners and community leaders to ensure their interests are considered in the final decision on where to construct the power line. Where existing power line rights-of-way are not available, it is often desirable to follow other rights-of-way, such as commercial roadways, typically following the route of existing FPL distribution lines already in place along the roadsides.
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When will the project be constructed?
Construction of part of the power line must be completed by November 2013 in order to maintain service reliability. Before construction begins, a considerable effort is required in siting, surveying, engineering, permitting, and right-of-way acquisition (where required).
What will the new power line look like?
The power-line engineering and design will be done once a route is selected. Most likely, the new transmission line will be constructed using single concrete pole structures, typically ranging in height from 80 to 100 feet high. Power lines of this type are frequently seen along roads and highways in communities throughout Florida. Where the line will follow existing transmission-line corridors, FPL may add a new power line or rebuild the existing structures on the right-of-way. In areas where there are no transmission lines, existing distribution lines and the new transmission line may be combined on a single pole when practical. Representative photos of power lines of the same typical design are shown here.
Keeping you informed and minimizing inconvenience
FPL will seek input from the local community about its expansion plans. For example, FPL will host open-house events to share information and ask for input from the community. FPL will meet with stakeholders, such as residents, businesses, elected officials, and government agencies to work through a plan that best suits the needs of the community. The company will strive 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 or e-mail. Or, visit our Web site for periodic updates.
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