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Progress Energy to Build High-Voltage Lines in Wake

Posted July 18, 2007 12:38 p.m. EDT
Updated July 18, 2007 1:23 p.m. EDT

— 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.