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BEACON FILE PHOTO A Duke Energy crew arrives on South Clara Avenue in DeLand to begin work on a transformer that was hit by lightning July 28, 2022. According to Duke Energy, more than 1,000 customers in the DeLand area lost power.

Utility provider Duke Energy is working to strengthen DeLand’s power grid by moving some power lines underground. 

“As DeLand continues to grow, we must upgrade and expand the energy infrastructure to power the community,” Duke Energy spokeswoman Audrey Stasko told The Beacon. “We are working hard to make sure that the energy infrastructure connecting DeLand communities to the electric grid can reliably serve customers now and in the future. Improvements, such as new and upgraded power lines, will help increase electric capacity in the area to sustainably support this growth.”

The process will see some 38 miles worth of lines moved underground, meaning, Stasko said, nearly 20,000 DeLand utility customers will benefit from the stronger power grid.

“We are strengthening the electric grid, making it more resistant to severe weather and more resilient to help restore power outages faster,” she said. “As part of this important work, we have identified opportunities to improve service in our substations located at 400 N. Spring Garden Ave. and 1628 E. International Speedway Blvd.”

Efforts began early this year to move the lines underground, and work is expected to continue into 2023.


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