Make us your home page

Progress transmission lines to mostly follow existing paths

This corridor along Sunshine Grove Road north of State Road 50 is part of where Progress Energy will run transmission lines through Hernando County. The 200-mile project could impact as many as 13,500 property owners in Florida.


This corridor along Sunshine Grove Road north of State Road 50 is part of where Progress Energy will run transmission lines through Hernando County. The 200-mile project could impact as many as 13,500 property owners in Florida.

Backyard warriors around Tampa Bay can breathe easier today, as Progress Energy unveils its map outlining 200 miles of planned transmission lines that avoid the region's most controversial areas.

None of the new transmission project will be built in Pasco County, where residents hotly opposed an east-west corridor along State Road 54. In Pinellas County, the lines will avoid both Brooker Creek Preserve and Crescent Oaks, to the relief of power line opponents.

All but 20 miles of the 200-mile project will follow existing routes. New transmission lines will slice through parts of northwest Citrus County, along a stretch south of Wildwood in Sumter County, and a small swathe northwest of Brookridge in Hernando County. In Hillsborough County, upgraded lines will follow existing paths.

"Transmission is probably the hardest thing we build because it impacts the most people directly," said Jeff Lyash, president and CEO of Progress Energy.

The $3-billion project will carry electricity south from Progress Energy's $14-billion planned nuclear power plant in Levy County several miles north of Crystal River. The utility will file in June for environmental approval from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. The review will take 12 to 18 months.

The project could impact as many as 13,500 property owners, who will begin receiving letters from Progress Energy this week, Lyash said. Negotiations for property and easements will start later this year. The project is slated for completion by 2016.

Times staff writers Chuin-Wei Yap, Theresa Blackwell, Chandra Broadwater and Rodney Thrash contributed to this report. Asjylyn Loder can be reached at

(813) 225-3117 or

Power lines: By the numbers


Number of miles of transmission lines in Florida.


Number of miles of new transmission planned in Florida over the next five years.

200 Number of miles of transmission that Progress Energy plans to build or upgrade to carry power from its planned power plant in Levy County.


Number of miles of Progress Energy's project will follow existing transmission corridors.


Number of properties within 250 feet of the transmission corridor.

Source: Progress Energy

Progress Energy's transmission line routes

Progress Energy plans to upgrade 200 miles of transmission lines to carry power from its proposed Levy County nuclear plant. All but 20 miles will follow existing transmission routes. For detailed maps, go to the Fueling Station at

Progress transmission lines to mostly follow existing paths 05/20/08 [Last modified: Thursday, May 22, 2008 1:48pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Expanded Belle Parc RV Resort lures travelers with plenty of amenities


    BROOKSVILLE — Imagine mid-mansion, upscale-enclave living. On wheels. The outcome is Belle Parc, an upwardly mobile, even luxury, RV retreat just north of Brooksville that opened Jan. 1 after two years undergoing expansion, uplift and amenity enrichment.

    A new welcome center is under construction, rear, at Belle Parc RV Resort, where lake sites are being completed, bringing the resort's capacity to 275 spacious park-and-stay slots.
 [Photo by Beth N. Gray]
  2. Memorial Day sales not enough to draw shoppers to Tampa Bay malls


    TAMPA — Memorial Day sales at Tampa Bay area malls were not enough to compete with the beach and backyard barbecues this holiday weekend.

    Memorial Day sales weren't enough to draw shoppers to Tampa Bay area malls over the long weekend. 
  3. Austin software company acquires second Tampa business


    Austin, Tex.-based Asure Software acquired Tampa's Compass HRM Inc. late last week for $6 million. Compass focuses on HR and payroll.

    [Company photo]
  4. Hackers hide cyberattacks in social media posts


    SAN FRANCISCO — It took only one attempt for Russian hackers to make their way into the computer of a Pentagon official. But the attack didn't come through an email or a file buried within a seemingly innocuous document.

    Jay Kaplan and Mark Kuhr, former NSA employees and co-founders of Synack, a cybersecurity company, in their office in Palo Alto, Calif., in 2013. While last year's hacking of senior Democratic Party officials raised awareness of the damage caused if just a handful of employees click on the wrong emails, few people realize that a message on Twitter or Facebook could give an attacker similar access to their system. 
[New York Times file photo]
  5. Big rents and changing tastes drive dives off St. Pete's 600 block

    Music & Concerts

    ST. PETERSBURG — Kendra Marolf was behind the lobby bar of the State Theatre, pouring vodka sodas for a weeknight crowd packed tight for Bishop Briggs, the latest alternative artist to sell out her club.

    Sam Picciano, 25, left, of Tampa and Molly Cord 24, Palm Harbor shop for record albums for a friend at Daddy Kool Records located on the 600 block of Central Avenue in St. Petersburg, Florida on Saturday, May 20, 2017. OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times