Florida Power & Light (FPL) expects to file with Florida state regulators a “petition for need determination” for its proposed 230-kV Duval–Raven transmission line by Jan. 11.
The company on Dec. 11, 2015, filed with the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) a notice of intent to file a petition for a determination of need for the line, which will extend from the company’s existing Duval substation in Duval County to FPL’s planned Raven substation in Columbia County.
The counties, regional planning councils and water management districts in whose jurisdiction the line could be placed are Baker, Columbia, Duval and Nassau counties, Northeast Florida Regional Council, North Central Florida Regional Council, St. Johns River Water Management District and Suwannee River Water Management District, the company said.
According to the company’s April 2015 “Ten Year Power Plant Site Plan 2015-2024,” submitted to the PSC and posted on the company’s website, the line will be 45 miles long, and has a commercial in-service date of December 2019.
In a Dec. 23, 2015 order, the PSC said that the matter has been scheduled for a formal administrative hearing on Feb. 24.
The PSC provided this tentative list of issues:
- Is there a need for the proposed project, given the need for electric system reliability and integrity?
- Is there a need for the proposed project, given the need for abundant, low-cost electrical energy to assure the economic well-being of Florida citizens?
- Are the two substations the appropriate starting and ending points for the proposed line?
- Should the PSC grant FPL’s petition for determination of need for the proposed project?
FPL is a subsidiary of NextEra Energy (NYSE:NEE).