OUC’s proposed 230 kV connection approved
USA, Florida, Orlando: On June 18, The Florida Public Service Commission said that it has approved Orlando Utilities Commission’s (OUC) need for its proposed Orlando/St. Cloud regional resiliency connection 230 kV transmission line.
The line will connect OUC’s existing Magnolia Ranch North substation in Orange County with OUC’s existing St. Cloud East substation in Osceola County.
Commission Chairman Gary Clark said in the statement that the commission “determined that this project will support growth in demand for electric service in the St. Cloud and southeastern Orlando area and reinforce the reliability of OUC’s existing electric system, which serves the Orlando metropolitan area. It will also support future development of renewable energy resources.”
As noted in the commission prehearing order, the project is needed to ensure system reliability and integrity for the St. Cloud area specifically because the electrical loads on the system serving the St. Cloud area are rapidly approaching the transmission capability of the grid to deliver power reliably to customers in that area.
The OUC also noted that the project is needed to ensure the delivery of abundant, low-cost electric energy to meet the needs of customers of OUC and other utilities in the central Florida area.
Source: Transmission Hub