Tampa Electric updates community on transmission siting workshop
TAMPA, September 9, 2003
Tampa Electric today announced details of the first community workshop it will hold to discuss the siting of its Juneau Loop transmission project.
The initial workshop, a give-and-take discussion designed to provide information to and obtain input from residents, businesses and others on power line siting criteria, will be held at Oak Grove United Methodist Church, 2707 W. Waters Ave., on Saturday, October 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Continental breakfast and a working lunch will be provided, so participants are being asked to register for the workshop.
Specific geographic areas of the project area are one block beyond: Busch Boulevard on the north, Lambright Street on the south, Grady Avenue on the west and Rome Avenue on the east. The company is mailing invitations this week to homeowners, businesses and others within the affected area.
Vice President-Energy Delivery Tom Hernandez said, “The decisions required in this project are difficult, and no matter where we place this equipment, someone will be affected. This is why it’s critically important for us to include not only those impacted by the current route, but also those who could be affected by a revision to it.”
Hernandez emphasized that the company cannot make the poles simply go away, as they are needed infrastructure and must be placed somewhere. “But, we will take a second look, with the community, at the best place to put them,” he added.
Hernandez reiterated TECO Energy Executive Vice President and COO John Ramil’s earlier commitment that if the company discovers during the public process that there is a better alternative that preserves the reliable delivery of electricity to customers, they will revise their route.
Current construction must be completed to meet existing customer reliability needs, expected winter peak usage and the addition of generating capacity. When the community input process is completed and any potential changes have been reviewed with the appropriate agencies, a revised route could be finalized. Construction of a revised route would need to be completed before the existing facilities could be removed or modified.
A web site, including the geographic boundaries of the project area, is being established for this project. It is expected to be online by Sept. 22 and will be updated as the project progresses: tampaelectric.com/juneau.
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 Power Services, TECO Transport, TECO Coal and TECO Solutions.