Tampa Electric’s transmission line across Alafia river wins regional award
Southeastern Electric Exchange names Tampa Electric as 2012 Industry Excellence winner
TAMPA, February 17, 2012
The Southeastern Electric Exchange (SEE), a non-profit, non-political trade association of investor-owned electric utilities, named Tampa Electric the winner of its 2012 Industry Excellence Award in the Transmission Line category.
“To be recognized by SEE is a tremendous honor, not just because it comes from such a cornerstone in the industry, but also because this is a regional stage,” said Bill Whale , vice president of Electric & Gas Delivery.
Tampa Electric built the project in the spring of 2011. First, crews dismantled old transmission towers on a small island, which was slowly disappearing into the Alafia River between Riverview and Gibsonton. Crews built 10 taller poles, 220 feet each, on the north and south sides of the river. The new transmission lines above the river span 1,621 feet – the longest in Tampa Electric’s system on its tallest poles. The project’s efficient design makes routine maintenance and inspection easier. By avoiding construction on the eroding island, it also reduced the overall environmental impact of the project while continuing to provide our customers with reliable electricity.
A key aspect of the project was its tight time frame. Crews had to work fast to finish the project before hurricane season, when unpredictable weather could have impeded them. The project was completed ahead of schedule and under budget with no injuries.
Through its SEE membership, Tampa Electric partners with companies across the Southeastern United States. SEE members routinely send crews to help each other restore power after severe weather.
Tampa Electric Company is the principal subsidiary of TECO Energy Inc. (NYSE: TE), an energy-related holding company with regulated utility operations in Florida, including both Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas System . Tampa Electric serves more than 672,000 customers in West Central Florida. Other subsidiaries include TECO Coal, which owns and operates coal production facilities in Kentucky and Virginia, and TECO Guatemala, which is engaged in electric power generation and energy-related businesses in Guatemala.