With Downtown Miami Population Skyrocketing, FPL Building New Underground Power Lines

Florida Power & Light Company says it has broken ground on a new underground power transmission line that will serve 50,000 customers in the downtown Miami area.

The company has been racing to keep up with growing demand in the area.

In 2018, FPL completed its fully-enclosed Brickell Substation (actually located across the river from Brickell). It is the largest enclosed substation that the company has ever built.

The Brickell Substation is described as being state-of-the-art, with an eye-catching decorative façade that complements the sleek and modern buildings currently under construction nearby.

Now, the company is building a new underground transmission line to serve around 50,000 customers. A groundbreaking ceremony was held last week.

FPL says it will also soon build a new substation in the area, to be called Dolphin Substation.

The new underground line will run along the Metrorail corridor from FPL’s Coconut Grove Substation to a location near the Simpson Substation next to the Publix at Brickell Village.

Construction is expected to be completed in December 2023.

“Miami – and specifically our Downtown – continues to see incredible growth in terms of new residents, new businesses and new development,” said Mayor Francis Suarez. “We welcome FPL’s timely investment in fortifying our power supply and doing so in a way that has the least possible impact on our neighborhoods.”

 

The fully enclosed Brickell Substation, completed in 2018:

 

 

 

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Anonymous
1 month ago

Remove the giant eyesore next to the river

Anonymous
1 month ago

There is also the Seattle approach FPL could take when building future substations: make the substation into a park. Seattle did it with the Denny substation, with the substation including a dog park and other parks related amenities. Something like this would definitely work well in Miami . (More info on Denny substation: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denny_Substation)

Anonymous
1 month ago

It’s prime real estate. Build a truly “eye-catching” tower. We have a park already called “Riverwalk.”

Anonymous
1 month ago

Cannot believe this was built on the river in 2018 !! Does the city have any idea what they are doing?

Anonymous
1 month ago

No, they don’t. Because we keep ignoring our local elections allowing retrograde politicians to get elected and to jump back and forth between the county and the city until they die.
THERE IS STILL TIME TO VOTE ON NOVEMBER 2nd.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Yes, please VOTE Carollo OUT!!!

Anonymous
1 month ago

With politicians like carollo there is no future in Miami.

Anonymous
1 month ago

LOCO JOE MUST GO!!!!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Elect an entirely new city commission.

– Art Acevedo

Anonymous
1 month ago

Directly across the planning department building! 😂🤦‍♂️

Paul
1 month ago

The substation has been there for decades. The part they built more recently is just the small building on the southwest corner, which is just part of the substation.

Anonymous
1 month ago

GOP state leadership preempts local control of utilities like substations, among other things.

Anonymous
1 month ago

False. Local governments still have the zoning authority to regulate where utilities are permitted.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Chapter 163.3208 disagrees – “Local governments may adopt and enforce reasonable land development regulations for new distribution electric substations addressing only setback, landscaping, buffering, screening, lighting, and other aesthetic compatibility-based standards.” If within a residential area, the substation falls under a mediation process.

Anonymous
1 month ago

FP&L is a private utility. For years the city has been trying to get them to bury utility poles, but won’t budge or build concrete ones right next to the existing ones without removing them, and even transferring the crappy 1960s cobrahead street light to the new one.

William
1 month ago

Nuts to have this on such a prime piece of property. I wish Beckham’s MLS stadium was on this site.

Anonymous
1 month ago

The infrastructure for FPL could not be located in a worse, more valuable area. Directly in the heart of downtown, waterfront real estate, taking up an enormous amount of prime land. Why?

Anonymous
1 month ago

To be close to all of the other buildings.

Anonymous
1 month ago

That is NOT fully enclosed but what the hell do i know!

Anonymous
1 month ago

I believe the article is referring to the eye catching gray building in the foreground, not background.

Anonymous
1 month ago

“Eye-Catching Facade.” Are they serious? With all the eye candy that exists in Miami, FPL really thinks a building with gray geometric patterns is eye catching? Lol

Anonymous
1 month ago

THERE IS STILL TIME TO VOTE ON NOVEMBER 2nd.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Nice, but it’s not like FPL is paying for it. With the new billion dollar rate hike, we are. For a “public” utility, perhaps deep-sixing its advertising budgets would save us some money. Afterall, FPL is the ONLY one providing power to SoFla, so no need to advertise how great it is and how it’s looking out for us compared to its competitor.

Anonymous
1 month ago

For all who are complaining about this, please understand something. A power substation has to be located where there is demand, and in this case, where all the “most valuable property” is located. Maybe you should move to California where PG&E is trying to make things “green” and is thus not only not keeping up with demand but actually cutting back on capacity. As a result, they have frequent brown outs and not infrequent rolling blackouts in that state. This is one of the many reasons that more and more people are fleeing California now. At least FP&L is trying to keep up with the truly amazing population growth in downtown Miami.

Anonymous
1 month ago

If you can see a recent picture; it is completely color faded and looks pretty bad just 3 years later.

Anonymous
1 month ago

In an ideal world they would sell the riverfront portion and build the new substation against the street

Anonymous
1 month ago

Please remove this eyesore of infrastructure and place something better like housing or offices, better yet build the inter Miami stadium near the river, would be great.

NYC Transplant
1 month ago

The conduit and trenching for this underground link are well underway in the section between the Vizcaya metrorail station and 26th Street. Guessing this gets done soon and then the next section of the Underline follows. That’s definitely something to look forward to, though I do wish they would include water fountains/hydration station in the Underline. Being able to refill a water bottle is really key for cyclists, runners, and even walkers in this climate.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Hydration Stations are in the plan.

Anonymous
29 days ago

yes but the homeless would use it as a bathing station so there’s that.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Still mind blowing to me that the Sunshine State of all places has so little solar. Thanks, FPL!

Anonymous
1 month ago

Solar takes vast amounts of valuable land and, of course, isn’t suitable for “baseload” power even with hugely expensive batteries which have to be replaced every five years. It works best in small applications like street lights and on private residences to reduce the load on the grid. Additionally, solar panels do wear out and cannot be effectively recycled, so they wind up in landfills with some of their toxic components.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Ummm…Florida produces the third most solar power in the USA, and Florida produces more Solar power than most Contries.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Welcome to 1990s South Korea.

Anonymous
1 month ago

Looks more like 1980s torture chamber when the country was still a dictatorship.