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FPL nears legal settlement with Miami over Turkey Point transmission lines

Turkey Point


Florida Power and Light is on the verge of a legal settlement that would shake one of the biggest opponents of its planned Turkey Point nuclear power plant expansion.

Under an agreement set to go before Miami Commissioners Thursday, the city would drop legal challenges stemming back nearly a decade in exchange for five miles of underground transmission lines running along US 1. The city, which early this year successfully overturned state approval of plans to build two nuclear reactors at Turkey Point and run 89 miles of transmission lines along U.S. 1 and potentially into sensitive wetlands, would pay $27 million to bury the lines from FPL substations at Douglas Road to Southwest 15th Road.

That’s a significantly reduced rate compared to the $18 million-a-mile price previously quoted by FPL representatives. The deal also requires FPL to bury distributors lines for planned developments in several neighborhoods around the city and ensures Miami homeowners won’t wind up with utility poles as tall as 105 feet outside their windows.

For FPL, the draft settlement would shed the utility of an aggressive litigant, and leave South Miami, Pinecrest and Miami-Dade — jurisdictions where the majority of FPL’s transmission lines would be located — to continue the fight on their own.

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