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Progress Energy Levy County Transmission Line, FL

STATUS:  In progress with opposition

TYPE: Transmission Line

OPPOSITION:  Public Citizen; Green Party of Florida; Ecology Party of Florida; Nuclear Information and Resource Service

PROSPECTS:  Indeterminate

BACKGROUND:  Progress Energy is planning to construct about 200 miles of transmission lines needed to bring power from its proposed nuclear plant in Levy County to customers. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is currently reviewing the license application for the proposed nuclear plant.  In August 2010, the NRC concluded the project’s impacts on the environment would be small to moderate, however other technical reviews are pending.  Progress Energy reports that if the NRC reviews stay on schedule, it expects the NRC to issue the plant license in late 2012.  Progress Energy estimates the plant's cost, including land, transmission lines, fuel and financing, at $17.2 billion to $22.5 billion.  Approximately $3 billion of this amount is expected for new transmission. 

The proposed transmission lines are planned in three main segments:  from Levy County south to Hernando County, from Pinellas County east to Kathleen in Polk County, and from Levy County east to the Wildwood/Leesburg area.  Easement acquisition, additional engineering and design and other milestones will occur before construction gets under way.  

The nuclear and transmission projects are facing opposition from various groups, including Public Citizen, Green Party of Florida, Ecology Party of Florida and the Nuclear Information and Resource Service.  To help pay for the nuclear plant, there is a monthly nuclear cost recovery fee that is billed to Progress Energy customers.  There is opposition to paying this fee for a plant that some say, for a variety reasons, may not ever be built or will not be operational for at least another decade while the plant is being constructed and permitted.

SOURCES:  Progress Energy: http://progress-energy.com/aboutenergy/transmission/florida/energyplanning/projectoverview.asp;
The Pasco Tribune: http://www2.tbo.com/content/2008/may/14/pa-progress-energy-plans-paths-for-new-lines/news-pasco/;
St. Petersburg Times: http://www.tampabay.com/news/business/energy/proposed-levy-county-nuclear-plant-clears-an-early-hurdle-but-more-ahead/1114232;
Suncoast News: http://www2.tbo.com/content/2010/nov/05/PANEWSO3-nuke-plant-fee-isnt-popular/;
Red Orbit: http://www.redorbit.com/news/science/1394131/progress_energy_florida_selects_preferred_area_for_power_lines/;
Nuclear Engineering: http://www.neimagazine.com/story.asp?sectioncode=147&storyCode=2050690;
Public Citizen: http://www.citizen.org/Page.aspx?pid=646;
Climate Progress: http://climateprogress.org/2009/05/05/nuclear-power-plant-costs-progress-energy/

Last Updated:  December 9, 2010