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New substation energized to support growing Cape Coral area

By Staff | Apr 16, 2024

LCEC representatives, city officials and District 79 State Rep. Mike Giallombardo were among those on hand for the ribbon-cutting Tuesday. PHOTO PROVIDED

A significant milestone was achieved last week as a new LCEC substation was energized to meet the increasing energy demands of the rapidly growing Cape Coral area. This critical infrastructure aims to alleviate pressure on surrounding facilities, which could eventually have been strained by the increased energy load stemming from new homes and businesses in the region.

The new Kismet substation is part of the LCEC long-term system plan, addressing the need for infrastructure and ensuring facilities are in place before the need becomes urgent.

State and local elected officials, project partners, local business owners and community members gathered to commemorate this milestone at a special ribbon-cutting event held Friday. The ceremony featured opening remarks by LCEC CEO Denise Vidal and Chamber of Cape Coral President Donna Germain. The importance of collaborative efforts in addressing the energy needs of the community was the focus and project details were shared.

“The Kismet substation, like other LCEC grid-hardening projects, is built with state-of-the-art technology and robust planning and design to serve as part of the resilient LCEC electric grid,” said Vidal.

The completion of this substation represents a proactive approach to infrastructure development, ensuring that Cape Coral remains well-equipped to support its growing population and thriving economy. With a commitment to sustainability and reliability, this initiative reflects the ongoing LCEC dedication to providing efficient and effective energy solutions for the residents and businesses of Cape Coral.

LCEC is Southwest Florida’s electric cooperative providing reliable, cost-competitive electricity to members throughout the region. The LCEC headquarters are in North Fort Myers, the same location where the cooperative originated in 1940. Approximately 430 skilled employees are positioned throughout the six-county service territory, including Cape Coral, North Fort Myers, Sanibel/Captiva, Pine Island, Ussepa, Cabbage Key, Marco Island, Everglades City, Ave Maria and parts of Lehigh Acres. For more information, visit http://www.lcec.net/