Duke Energy Florida is working to improve the electric reliability in Pinellas County beach communities by proactively replacing a major underwater cable that carries electricity to the St. Pete Beach area.
“Reliability is a responsibility Duke Energy Florida takes very seriously,” said Alex Glenn, state president, Duke Energy Florida. “We are replacing this underwater cable to ensure the St. Pete Beach community continues to receive reliable electricity for decades to come.
“With the completion of this project, we will have invested more than $25 million on a series of underwater cable replacements in Pinellas County over the past few years, improving reliability for several sections of St. Pete Beach and parts of Clearwater Beach and Treasure Island, including the Isle of Capri and the Isle of Palms.”
A new underwater 7.2kV cable will run under the Intercoastal Waterway along the south side of the Pinellas Bayway Road bridge from the Isla del Sol area to St. Pete Beach. The electric feeder will be housed in a 20-in. diameter conduit more than 3,700 ft long.
Duke Energy workers and specialized contractors will work seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to complete the project in a timely manner. The company anticipates the work will be completed in mid-December. No service interruptions, noise issues or road closures are expected as part of this project.
The cost of the feeder replacement is approximately $2 million and will not affect customer rates.
In 2015, underwater cables serving Terra Verde to Pass-a-Grille, the Indian Rocks Beach area and the Placido Bayou neighborhood in St. Petersburg will also be replaced.
The utility serves more than 1.7 million customers in 35 Florida counties including approximately 524,000 business and residential customers in Pinellas County.