Low-flying helicopters to work along Tampa Electric's power lines
TAMPA, April 29, 2016
Customers in northern Hillsborough County, Apollo Beach and Riverview may see low-flying helicopters hovering around Tampa Electric transmission equipment in coming weeks.
To reduce the impact of installing new transmission lines, the helicopters will perform work along some sections of two transmission projects, instead of bucket trucks. Helicopters shorten the time needed to do the work safely, reduce the number of trucks on roadways and minimize traffic disruptions.
Helicopters will hover close to newly installed transmission structures and will make multiple trips across the area while crews install lines. While working, the helicopters will remain within Tampa Electric's rights of way. Residents may hear helicopter noise for several hours on intermittent weekdays along some sections of the lines. Work will begin Monday in northern Hillsborough County, weather permitting, and will continue for several weeks during daylight hours. Work in Apollo Beach and Riverview will begin later this spring.
HeliService LLC of Sanford will conduct the work.
Tampa Electric, one of Florida's largest investor-owned electric utilities, is part of the TECO Energy family of companies. Tampa Electric serves nearly 725,000 customers in West Central Florida. TECO Energy Inc. (NYSE: TE) is an energy-related holding company with regulated electric and gas utilities in Florida and New Mexico: Tampa Electric, Peoples Gas System and New Mexico Gas Co.