Oct. 29, 2021
PENSACOLA -- Gulf Power’s energy grid modernization project in downtown Pensacola to improve reliability for customers will shift to nighttime work beginning Sunday and continuing through November.
Crews will work Sunday through Thursday nights from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. on South Palafox Street between Garden and Government streets.
Working at night minimizes traffic, parking and pedestrian inconveniences for residents and businesses downtown. Crews will be installing cable in the new underground duct system after the excavation portion of the project was completed in May.
“We worked with local businesses, the Downtown Improvement Board and the City of Pensacola to shift the work hours to minimize disruptions for the community,” said Rick Byars, Gulf Power regional manager for external affairs. “We appreciate everyone’s cooperation and patience as we move forward with this project that will further improve our reliability in the area for a long time to come.”
The $86 million project, which began in 2018 and is on track for completion in early 2023, is upgrading the 70-year-old network that delivers power to homes and businesses downtown.
The modernization of the energy network under the downtown streets and sidewalks involves replacement of concrete-encased duct systems, power cables, transformers and protection equipment. Click here for more information on the project.
Gulf Power is part of Florida Power & Light Company, which is the largest energy company in the U.S. as measured by retail electricity produced and sold. The companies serve more than 5.6 million customer accounts supporting more than 11 million residents across Florida with clean, reliable and affordable electricity, including more than 470,000customer accounts in eight counties throughout Northwest Florida. In 2020, Gulf Power was recognized with the 2020 ReliabilityOne® Award for Outstanding Reliability Performance in the Southeast suburban/rural service area while FPL won the ReliabilityOne®
National Reliability Excellence Award for the fifth time in the last six years. FPL is a subsidiary of Juno Beach, Florida-based NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE), a clean energy company widely recognized for its efforts in sustainability, ethics and diversity, and has been ranked No. 1 in the electric and gas utilities industry in Fortune’s 2020 list of “World’s Most Admired Companies.” NextEra Energy is also the parent company of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, which, together with its affiliated entities, is the world’s largest generator of renewable energy from the wind and sun and a world leader in battery storage.
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