Florida Power & Light Company announced its continued investments in grid reinforcement to strengthen the power grid and improve service reliability.FPL is continuing with its system upgrades in the Doral area, a city in Miami-Dade County, Florida, US and one of 34 municipalities in the county.
The utility is investing in strengthening its power lines and power poles, trimming trees around power lines and installing smart grid technology, help make the grid more reliable day-to-day and more storm-resilient.
Eric Silagy, president and CEO of FPL, said: “We continue to build a stronger and smarter electric grid to provide our customers with reliable service year-round.
“Our ongoing 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 was never more evident than during last year’s hurricane season.”
[quote] In a release, the utility said that its investments to the grid were tested last year during Hurricane Matthew and demonstrated its benefits to customers.
FPL restored 99% of customers affected by Hurricane Matthew by the end of two full days of restoration following the hurricane’s exit from its service area. Smart grid automated switches on FPL’s system prevented 118,000 customer interruptions, and strengthened main power lines performed 30% better than non-strengthened main power lines. Furthermore, no FPL transmission poles or hardened main power line poles failed.
“FPL has the most reliable service of any investor-owned energy company in Florida, but we are never satisfied,” said Manny Miranda, senior vice president of power delivery for FPL. “We’re working hard every day to provide our customers within the Doral area with electric service they can count on. This includes several new projects in the area, such as strengthening the main power line to the Miami-Dade Fire-Rescue Fontainebleau Station.”
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