Since 2006, FPL said it has invested more than $2 billion to strengthen its electric system, including hardening nearly 550 main power lines serving critical community facilities, such as police and fire stations, hospitals and 911 centers. By the end of this year, FPL said it will have bolstered every main power line serving critical community facilities in the 35 counties it serves.
“We’re building a stronger and smarter electric grid to provide our customers with reliable service year-round, all the while keeping our typical residential bills the lowest in Florida and 30 percent below the national average,” said Eric Silagy, president and CEO of FPL. “Our continued investments in strengthening the electric grid and utilizing advanced smart grid technology help us deliver electricity our customers can count on in good weather and bad. This has been very evident during our most recent spell of severe El Niño-related weather, including tornadic activity, which for the past several weeks has been impacting our service territory.”
FPL said its efforts to bolster overhead power lines also have resulted in better reliability. The hardened lines, the utility said, perform approximately 40 percent better than lines that have not been hardened.
FPL also said its use of more than 4.8 million smart meters on homes and businesses, plus another 36,000 advanced smart grid devices on its poles and wires, allows it to monitor the health of its system as well as to predict, and sometimes prevent outages, and restore power faster when outages occur.