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Tree Care Maintenance Program
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Duke Energy
8564 West Venable St.
Crystal River Florida 34429

April 29, 2015

Dear Ms. Rogers:

As part of Duke Energy’s continuing commitment to provide safe and reliable electrical service to our communities, we must invest in the proper care and maintenance of the transmission infrastructure.  Part of this maintenance program involves vegetation management within our right-of-way corridor. In order to ensure continued reliable electric service, crews will be applying herbicide to the LE 69Kv transmission power line corridor. Applications will be made by qualified personnel using an EPA registered non-restricted use herbicide selective to the woody stem vegetation species needing control. Affected landowners will be notified prior to work commencing on their property. This work is scheduled to begin in May and end in July. This letter constitutes the notice required by Florida Statute 163.3209.

The LE 69kV is a 17.38 mile right-of-way that starts at the Leesburg East Substation located at 501 East North Blvd. Leesburg, Florida and ends at the Enola Substation located at 100 Golden Gem Dr. Umatilla, Florida.

Trees are a leading cause of power outages. Duke Energy’s progressive tree care practices help minimize outages during storms and reduces restoration time following storm-related damage. Duke Energy Florida has been recognized for its tree care practices with the distinctive Tree Line USA designation from The National Arbor Day Foundation. We work to balance the need for reliable electric power with sensitivity for the environment and aesthetic considerations. During the performance of  this necessary work, our contract herbicide crews use the most currently accepted standards within the tree care industry, and are supervised by an arborist, certified by the International Society of Arboriculture.

This maintenance project is only one of many investments we are making on our transmission infrastructure. We strive to provide our customers and communities with excellent service and reliability. As part of our efforts we plan to invest more than $500 million this year alone in making improvements across our service area. Although severe weather may still cause an outage, in Florida, our 4,000 employees are committed to keeping your lights on and efficiently restoring power following inclement weather, while offering bills lower than the national average.

For further details or questions about the work, please feel free to contact me. To learn more about our tree care practices, see our website at http://www.duke-energy.com/safety/right-of-way-management/pef-vegetation-management.asp 

Sincerely,
Aaron Borgner
Senior Vegetation Management Specialist
Transmission, Florida North Central Region



 
 
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