JUNO BEACH, Fla. – Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) today announced that more than 100 lineworkers and support staff traveled to Northern California to help restore power to areas devastated by the Camp Fire. Crews will work alongside Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) to help rebuild parts of the grid that were damaged due to the wildfire.
“The tragedy caused by the Camp Fire saddens all of us – the many lives lost and those who remain homeless in the aftermath of this disaster,” said Eric Silagy, president and CEO of FPL. “We know how important it is for all of us to come together and to help our fellow Americans in their greatest time of need. Our team is honored to work alongside PG&E to do our part to help rebuild the grid. As we have done throughout this year, we always stand at the ready to provide additional assistance whenever and wherever it is needed as our fellow citizens strive to recover from this most challenging time.”
This marks the fourth time this year that FPL crews have been deployed to assist in the power restoration efforts after a natural disaster. Earlier this year, FPL crews, some working as long as three months, helped restore power in the Bayamon region of Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. FPL crews also helped restore power in the Carolinas, Florida’s Panhandle and Georgia in some of the hardest hit areas impacted by Hurricanes Florence and Michael.
The crews will report to an emergency operations center set up in Chico, Calif.
Florida Power & Light Company
Florida Power & Light Company is the third-largest electric company in the United States, serving nearly 5 million customer accounts or an estimated 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 among the lowest in the U.S. 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 electric companies nationwide. The company was recognized in 2017 as one of the most trusted U.S. electric utilities by Market Strategies International for the fourth consecutive year. A leading Florida employer with approximately 8,700 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 2018 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.