City Seeks Citizen Input on Electric Reliability Project

October 17, 2012

Transmission Line Feedback Requested

Next week, the City of Tallahassee will host two public meetings to provide information about planned improvements to the City’s electric system. The Electric Reliability Project includes upgrading an existing transmission line and installing an additional line to create better connectivity and, ultimately, a more reliable system. These meetings are an opportunity to gain valuable citizen input early in the process, as construction is not scheduled to begin until 2014.  Maps, photos and project information are available on the city’s website, Talgov.com.

The upgrade of the current line (identified as Line 17) will consist of replacing the electric poles that run from the City’s electric substation at Miccosukee and Riggins roads to the substation near Market Square located just off of Timberlane Road. These new poles will replace the old poles within the existing corridor in order to modernize and upgrade the voltage of the transmission line.

A proposed new transmission line (identified as Line 55) is planned to run within the Interstate 10 corridor to connect the new electric substation on Centerville Road near Shamrock Street South to the substation off of Timberlane Road near Market Square. Citizens will be asked to provide input on the precise location of the line (which side(s) of the interstate the line will run).

Both of these transmission line projects will effectively strengthen the backbone of the overall system and will help to accommodate the current and future needs of our growing community.

The City places a high priority on keeping customers informed and involved in the process. The informational meetings are designed to provide details about the project and allow for the community to offer feedback. Both meetings will have an open house format so that citizens can drop by any time during the events. Personal invitations have been mailed to residents living near the transmission corridors, and the public is also encouraged to attend the meetings. The meetings will be held:

  • Tuesday, October 23, 4 – 7 p.m. at Freedom Church Tallahassee, 2081 Thomasville Road, focus on replacing poles on Line 17.
  • Thursday, October 25, 4 -7 p.m. at Fellowship Presbyterian Church, 3158 Shamrock Street South, focus on the new transmission Line 55.

The City of Tallahassee Utilities is the No. 1 Public Utility in America and is owned by the citizens of Tallahassee. For more information about the Electric Reliability Project, please visit Talgov.com/YOU.

Contact Information

Brian Horton, Power Engineering Manager, 891-5031; or Michelle Bono, Communications Department, 891-8200