JUNO BEACH, Fla. – Florida Power & Light Company’s workforce of more than 850 FPL employees and contractors returned home over the weekend after assisting Entergy Louisiana and Cleco in their power restoration efforts following Hurricane Delta. The company’s dedicated men and women worked 16-hour days in challenging conditions to restore service to 6,000 homes and businesses.
Hurricane Delta marks the fourth time this year that FPL employees and contractors have assisted in restoring power to areas devastated by hurricanes.
“This unprecedented hurricane season has been a stark reminder of how we must all prepare for whatever Mother Nature may throw our way,” said FPL President and CEO Eric Silagy. “As Floridians we know how difficult life can be without power, and it’s why we are happy to work alongside our industry partners to get the lights back on following powerful storms, such as Hurricane Delta, the same way they help us following storms. I couldn’t be more proud of how our men and women have executed our time-tested restoration processes to help rebuild the lives of so many this hurricane season.”
Before making the decision to send help, FPL makes sure its customers are taken care of and that no other storms are on the immediate horizon.
Providing mutual assistance after natural disasters is a hallmark of the energy industry. In the past, FPL has provided assistance to areas impacted by major weather events, including this highly active hurricane season. Prior to Hurricane Delta deployment, FPL sent 600 employees and contractors to central New Jersey after Hurricane Isaias. After that, FPL’s workforce of more than 1,300 employees and contractors returned to Florida from Texas and Louisiana after rebuilding the energy grid damaged by Hurricane Laura. In addition to sending workers to help other utilities, FPL sent more than 180 semi-tractor trailers to Lake Charles, La. loaded with steel poles and other critical equipment to help rebuild parts of the transmission grid, which is essential to bringing power to communities. And then again following Hurricane Sally, more than 2,400 FPL employees and contractors assisted sister company, Gulf Power, to restore power in the Florida Panhandle.
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Florida Power & Light Company is the largest energy company in the United States as measured by retail electricity produced and sold, serving more than 5.1 million customer accounts or an estimated 10 million+ people across the state of Florida. FPL’s typical 1,000-kWh residential customer bill is approximately 30% lower than the latest national average and among the lowest in the U.S. FPL’s service reliability is better than 99.98%, and its highly fuel-efficient power plant fleet is one of the cleanest among all electric companies nationwide. The company was recognized in 2020 as one of the most trusted U.S. electric utilities by Escalent for the seventh consecutive year. A leading Florida employer with approximately 8,900 employees, FPL is a subsidiary of Juno Beach, Florida-based NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE), a clean energy company widely recognized for its efforts in sustainability, ethics and diversity, and has been ranked No. 1 in the electric and gas utilities industry in Fortune’s 2020 list of “World’s Most Admired Companies.” NextEra Energy is also the parent company of Gulf Power Company, which serves approximately 470,000 customers in eight counties throughout northwest Florida, and NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, which, together with its affiliated entities, is the world’s largest generator of renewable energy from the wind and sun and a world leader in battery storage. For more information about NextEra Energy companies, visit these websites: www.NextEraEnergy.com, www.FPL.com, www.GulfPower.com, www.NextEraEnergyResources.com.