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City Takes Next Steps On NextEra Power Expansion But The Approval Comes With Contingencies

Tallahassee Commissioners have given city staff the go-ahead to continue looking into a co-location project with the energy group NextEra—but it comes with the stern warning the commissioners likely won’t approve a final plan that includes power lines along Tram Road. The project would help harden the city’s power grid at a reduced cost and Commissioner Curtis Richardson says while that’s good, it doesn’t balance out the bad.

“Because we have seen what even what you would consider minor storms have done to our infrastructure. And we welcome that. We welcome those types of partnerships and the partnerships that could come out of that. But if it includes that stretch of road I could not support this proposal,” Richadrson, says.

The project has drawn concern from Leon County residents who worry about the project’s impact on their quality of life and the environment. County commissioners have also expressed frustration about being kept in the dark on the project details. City Commissioners strongly urged NextEra officials to reach out to commissioners and residents in the county.

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Regan McCarthy is the Assistant News Director for WFSU Public Media. Before coming to Tallahassee, Regan graduated with honors from Indiana University’s Ernie Pyle School of Journalism. She worked for several years for NPR member station WFIU in Bloomington, Ind., where she covered local and state government and produced feature and community stories.

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