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Tampa Electric to hold Juneau Loop Open House April 13

TAMPA, March 25, 2004

On Tuesday, April 13, Tampa Electric will hold an Open House to present the company’s final plan for modifying the transmission facilities known as the “Juneau Loop,” located near the Egypt Lake subdivision.

The Open House will take place between 6 and 8 p.m. at Higgins Hall, 5225 Himes Avenue N., Tampa. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from company planners about the planned changes.

As announced in January, modifications to the original Juneau Loop include:

  • Poles on Kirby Street reduced to 75 feet in height (24 inches in diameter), reflecting the new “single-circuit” (138-kV) design for that road.
  • Replacement of 125-foot poles on Sitka and Bird streets (east of Armenia) with 95- and 75-foot poles respectively; replacement of the three largest-diameter (33 inch) poles along Sitka (between Lincoln and Habana) with 28-inch poles. Three 125-foot poles west of Armenia will remain.
  • One 230-kV circuit (poles 95 feet high, 24 inches in diameter) relocated to the north side of Waters Avenue, through a combination of using road rights-of-way, obtaining spot easements and relocating underground utilities.

Vice President-Energy Delivery Tom Hernandez said, “As we’ve said previously, extensive coordination on the part of the City of Tampa, Hillsborough County, utilities with underground facilities on Waters and others is required to make this modification happen.”

About this project
The Juneau Loop modification is the result of a public input process conducted in October 2003. The company solicited information on community values related to the siting and construction of transmission equipment. Input from residents near the original route was taken into consideration, as well as from residents from potentially impacted areas. This information was considered, along with Tampa Electric’s legal requirements to provide reliable and affordable electricity to its more than 600,000 customers.

Tampa Electric Company is the principal subsidiary of TECO Energy, Inc. (NYSE:TE), a diversified holding company of energy-related businesses that include Peoples Gas System, TECO Transport, TECO Coal, TECO Wholesale Generation and TECO Solutions.

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CHERIE JACOBS
TECO Energy, Tampa Electric, Peoples Gas
TECO Energy, Inc.
702 N. Franklin Street
Tampa, Florida 33602
E-mail: cljacobs@tecoenergy.com Email Icon