Duke Energy has plans to build two major overhead 230-kV electric transmission power lines in Polk County, potentially affecting many Polk County land owners. However, Duke Energy has yet to choose their preferred route for either line. Below is a map displaying two potential routes currently under consideration by Duke Energy.
In May of this year, Duke Energy held informational open houses to share project details and gather public feedback on the transmission line route options. Sometime this fall, Duke Energy will publicly announce their chosen transmission route. Once the preferred route is announced, Duke Energy will contact affected property owners and will begin acquiring right-of-way easements. It is vital to have experienced legal counsel to zealously advocate for your rights during the acquisition process. Construction is not expected to begin until the summer of 2021. Below is the anticipated timeline of events.
Florida law mandates that Duke Energy pay legal and expert fees for any land owner affected by a taking of the portion of their land. If Duke Energy contacts you for a power line easement, negotiation request, or appraisal of your land, you need a lawyer to assist you. Peterson & Myers has over twenty years of eminent domain experience at the ready to handle the matter and ensure that your rights are adequately protected. Be sure to contact us at 863-294-3360 for a free consultation.