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Progress Energy to Build High-Voltage Lines in Wake

Posted July 18, 2007

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— Progress Energy said Wednesday that it plans to invest about $37 million to build and upgrade about 22 miles of high-voltage electric transmission lines in western Wake County.

Utility officials said the lines would ensure reliable service in the fast-growing area between Research Triangle Park and the Shearon Harris nuclear plant in southwestern Wake County.

The 22-mile project is expected to be built in two phases, with construction occurring at the same time in several areas, officials said. A four-mile stretch between a planned substation in the Amberly subdivision and a substation in RTP will go in service in 2009, so construction will begin next year. The remaining portions are expected to be built in 2010 and 2011, moving generally from north to south, officials said.

About 7.5 miles of lines between substations on U.S. Highway 1 in Apex and in Green Level were built several years ago at 115 kilovolts, and those lines will be rebuilt at 230 kilovolts. The portions between the Green Level, Amberly and RTP substations will be built on a corridor already identified but not yet in use, officials said. Progress Energy has been acquiring easements from property owners along those routes.

The company will hold public information meetings on Tuesday, July 31, at Green Hope High School and Thursday, Aug. 2, at Apex High School to discuss its plans and answer questions. Both meetings will run from 5 to 7 p.m.

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  • luv2surffish Jul 19, 2007

    they stole land from my son-in-laws cousin in apex.. said sell it or we take as right of way.. some country huh/??

  • pomodoroz Jul 18, 2007

    Where is the picture of the power lines - I want to see what they look like!

  • InTheWind Jul 18, 2007

    Rev, the people in Green Level are in the country. The country is the most likely place to high voltage lines anyway.

  • Adelinthe Jul 18, 2007

    Guess we aren't suppose to worry about EMFs in the homes near where these easements are. sigh

    Thanking God I live out in the country.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • RPD Jul 18, 2007

    An easement is buying the rent to access something, not buying the actual property itself.

  • sammy12 Jul 18, 2007

    That's not how easements work. We have a Progress Energy easement on our property. We still own the property but the easement allow Progress energy access to the lines for maintenance and tree cutting, etc.

  • firstgenchevy Jul 18, 2007

    "Progress Energy has been acquiring easements from property owners along those routes."

    Translation = Taking their land without permission and paying them next to nothing for it.
    If the DOT can do it..why not everyone?!?!