Aug 30, 2016
JUNO BEACH, Fla. – Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) today announced that, due to the current projected path of Tropical Depression 9, the company has activated its emergency response plan and is preparing to restore power to affected customers safely and as quickly as possible.
While uncertainty remains about the ultimate intensity of the storm, the latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center indicates that a tropical storm watch may be issued for portions of Florida’s West Coast later today.
“FPL is well-prepared to respond to severe weather, having invested more than $2 billion since 2006 to build a stronger, smarter and more storm-resilient energy grid that will allow us to restore power much faster than ever before,” said Eric Silagy, president and chief executive officer of FPL.
Our system improvements mean fewer power outages, faster service restoration following storms and more reliable service for our customers every day. In the last five years, FPL has improved daily service reliability by 25 percent.
Enhancements to the energy grid include:
“We are actively preparing and are ready to respond to outages caused by the storm’s high winds,” said Manny Miranda, senior vice president of power delivery. “We fully anticipate that wind-blown debris, such as branches and palm fronds, will cause power outages. This means that our crews first must clear debris from power lines before restoring service. That said, we have 1,400 vegetation resources ready to go to work alongside our restoration crews, who we are pre-positioning in the areas that will be affected.”
A key focus of our work is to make the electric system stronger by upgrading the main power lines serving critical local facilities and other community needs. This prepares our system to better withstand severe weather and enables us to restore our customers’ service faster following major storms.
These upgrades include local facilities, including all major hospitals, and essentially all 911 facilities and emergency operations centers in the 35 Florida counties we serve. We’ve also upgraded lines serving facilities that address other community needs, such as pharmacies, grocery stores and gas stations. By year-end 2016, FPL will have strengthened all main power lines serving critical facilities.
FPL urges customers to review their family and business emergency plans, keep a close watch on the development of the storm and follow the advice of local government. Preparation and safety tips are available at FPL.com.
How we prepare for storm season
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Florida Power & Light Company
Florida Power & Light Company is the third-largest electric utility in the United States, serving more than 4.8 million customer accounts or more than 10 million people across nearly half of the state of Florida. FPL's typical 1,000-kWh residential customer bill is approximately 30 percent lower than the latest national average and, in 2015, was the lowest in Florida among reporting utilities for the sixth year in a row. FPL's service reliability is better than 99.98 percent, and its highly fuel-efficient power plant fleet is one of the cleanest among all utilities nationwide. The company received the top ranking in the southern U.S. among large electric providers, according to the J.D. Power 2016 Electric Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction StudySM, and was recognized in 2016 as one of the most trusted U.S. electric utilities by Market Strategies International. A leading Florida employer with approximately 8,800 employees, FPL is a subsidiary of Juno Beach, Fla.-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 2016 list of "World's Most Admired Companies." NextEra Energy is also the parent company of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, which, together with its affiliated entities, is the world's largest generator of renewable energy from the wind and sun. For more information about NextEra Energy companies, visit these websites: www.NextEraEnergy.com, www.FPL.com, www.NextEraEnergyResources.com.