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Westchase Government Affairs Committee Update: TECO

I met with representatives from TECO towards the end of April to further discuss past Westchase area power outages, mitigation efforts and TECO’s future direction.

It was a very positive meeting and I offer my continued thanks to TECO for their ongoing efforts on behalf of our community. And we agreed to move forward.

The area impacted by power fluctuations is the west side of Westchase, largely Keswick, Glencliff and Wycliff. Back portions of these neighborhoods are connected to the Double Branch substation grid.

TECO has undertaken a number of steps to mitigate the power problems. Their research determined that outages were caused by a variety of factors including power line contact with trees, squirrels/animals, weather/lightning, vehicles hitting poles, and TECO equipment problems. Additional research using infrared equipment identified additional issues with localized line clearance, repair equipment and lightning arrestors. These mitigation efforts were completed in November and December 2017. TECO then completed tree trimming along the entire Double Branch circuit at the end of April.

Per TECO records, there does not appear to be any outages impacting Westchase on the Double Branch circuit thus far. TECO will continue to monitor circuit performance and we will maintain ongoing communication with each other.

TECO has provided the following links regarding power updates, outages, hurricane preparedness:

Power Outages: tampaelectric.com/outages
Outage Map: tampaelectric.com/outagemap
Hurricanes: tampaelectric.com/stormsafety

Solving the TECO-West Westchase power outages is a major GAC goal. If you experience any power issues, please contact me at rick.westchase@gmail.com.

By Rick Goldstein, GAC Chair

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