In April 2008, as part of its storm plan filed with the Florida Public Service Commission, Tampa Electric announced plans to convert four existing 4-kV distribution circuits that serve parts of the South Tampa area to the company’s standard 13-kV circuit configuration. The four distribution circuits start at the Lois Ave. substation (located at the intersection of Lois Ave. and Palmira St.). The project involves upgrading facilities by replacing existing poles and electrical wire with similar size poles.

The conversion would give Tampa Electric greater flexibility to switch customers who are without power after severe weather to other circuits, which can significantly reduce outage times in the area.

The Tampa Electric contract crews working on this project were deployed to the Texas area to assist with restoration efforts after Hurricane Ike, which delayed the work. The contract crews resumed work on the Lois project after their restoration work in Texas and completed the entire project by the end of 2008.