Stronger utility poles could be coming to Tallahassee

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) – We all want fewer power outages after hurricanes and this is the aim of NextEra Energy's transmission line project for seven Panhandle counties, including part of Tallahassee.

“Any storm hardship and any improvement in the transmission system in this area of ​​Florida will bring more benefits to our customers during a storm when you have damaged your equipment,” Rob McGarrah, General Manager at Utility Electric and Tallahassee Gas.

Tallahassee utility customers will not see any changes to their bill from this project and it will not protect the city.

However, city commissioners must agree to allow NextEra to upgrade lines by 14 miles in the Capital.

The project will run from Southeast Capital Circle instead of wooden poles. To enable them to be able to withstand the force's winds.

The project will connect electrical stations from Columbia County to Jackson County.

"This will provide us with improved reliability and resilience in the ability to move power into and out of our system," McGarrah said.

This project is due to go to Tallahassee City Commission at their Wednesday meeting.

Even if city leaders allow there is no timeline for when construction will begin.


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