On June 26, 2017, I wrote a letter to: Lynn J. Good, CEO and President// Duke Energy Headquarters// 526 S. Church Street// Charlotte, N.C. 28202. I received the return receipt on July 01, 2017, signed by James Chapman.
My letter to CEO Good was very cordial and informed her that my property had a common boundary to Duke Energy’s property that was a forested area. A quote from my letter: “… Tree branches, tree limbs, vines, and other forms of vegetation have grown over my fence and it is the legal responsibility of Duke Energy to remove this growth…” Additionally, I specified a reasonable date that this project needed to be completed.
Duke responded cordially to me and stated that the issue would be resolved. While I had a wonderful time talking with several local representatives of Duke Energy, the time period expired and Duke stated that a delay was necessary.
Cordially, I contacted the Florida Public Service Commission// 2540 Shumard Oaks Boulevard// Tallahassee, Florida, 32399.// The Florida PSC is a state agency that controls and regulates all public utility companies in Florida. I obtained a ” List of Current Open Dockets” that Duke Energy had petitioned the PSC to approve.
There were eleven petitions to the PSC that were pending and filed by Duke. I then re-contacted Duke and informed them that since they did not have time to complete my small project in a timely manner, I planned to appear before the PSC and oppose all eleven of their projects.
Well, for some reason, Duke Energy changed their position and got to work on my small project. Duke did a great job of clearing a ten yard wide section of forest land approximately 150 yards long along the back of my property and neighboring properties. This made it unnecessary to oppose Duke’s PSC Docket requests and everyone was happy.
On August 8, 2018, I received a certified letter from Duke Energy stating in effect that Duke had plans to construct a 350 acre solar project in the forested region behind my house and the houses of other residents. I, of course, have the legal right to support or oppose this project. But using some common sense, I plan to meet with a Duke Energy representative and obtain all of the necessary facts.
At a meeting in DeBary City Hall, on August 16, 2018, I met Jeff Hart who is an administrator with Duke Energy. I worked with Jeff on my abovementioned project in 2017, and found him to be helpful and more importantly truthful and factual. I plan to meet with him again to gather some information about the Solar project and I will publish the information on this website for interested residents.
Marshall Lee and Carmen Rosamonda were also at the August 16, 2018, meeting. I also met several other DeBary and Orange City residents that I had not seen in a long while.
R. Van Conoley