JUNO BEACH, Fla. — For more than 15 years, Florida Power & Light Company has been enhancing the energy grid, making it stronger, smarter and more storm-resilient to keep the lights on for customers in good weather and bad. Customers can quickly and easily see these improvements within their neighborhood by using FPL’s 2021 System Improvements Map at fplmaps.com.
This online, interactive map allows customers to enter their addresses to find projects FPL has scheduled in their area in the year ahead. The map lists projects such as strengthening power lines and poles, clearing trees near power lines and installing smart grid technology that helps predict and prevent power outages and restore service faster when outages occur.
The improvements are part of the more than $5 billion FPL has invested since the destructive 2004-05 hurricane seasons to enhance the reliability of service to customers during hurricanes and severe weather, as well as during day-to-day operations.
“We take our duty to serve customers extremely seriously, especially amid the global COVID-19 pandemic, which has reaffirmed the need for and importance of reliable electricity,” said FPL President and CEO Eric Silagy. “FPL has increased day-to-day service reliability by more than 30% in the past decade, in part due to smart devices, and we will continue to embrace emerging technology to find innovative ways to deliver cleaner, more reliable energy while keeping bills well below the national average.”
FPL has made several improvements since the historic 2004-2005 hurricane seasons to improve reliability for its customers, including:
- Strengthening nearly all of its main power lines serving critical community facilities and services, such as police and fire stations, hospitals and 911 centers. More than 60% of all feeders, or main power lines, are hardened or underground.
- Installing more than 5 million smart meters and more than 155,000 intelligent devices along the energy grid using advanced technology that helps detect problems and restore service faster if outages occur.
- Proactively reviewing about 15,000 miles of power lines each year and trimming and removing vegetation where necessary to keep lines clear and help prevent outages.
- Beginning our second eight-year inspection cycle of the company’s 1.2 million power poles and upgrading or replacing those that no longer meet FPL's standards for strength (approximately 150,000 poles inspected annually).
- Continuing the replacement of wooden transmission structures with new ones made of steel or concrete; 96% of transmission structures are now steel or concrete, and by 2022 100% will be steel or concrete.
- Moving power lines as part of the Storm Secure Underground Pilot Program, which is determining cost-effective ways to replace overhead power lines with more reliable underground lines in select neighborhoods to enhance reliability in good weather and bad. In Hurricane Irma, we saw that neighborhood underground power lines performed 85% better than overhead power lines.
“We continue to build one of the nation’s strongest and most storm-resilient energy grids by making smart, long-term investments that benefit our customers as we deliver reliable and affordable electricity they rely upon,” said Silagy.
B-Roll of energy grid hardening: https://fpl.sharefile.com/d-sac738ecccbd74fe7b25ef5be38b341e0
B-Roll of energy grid smart devices: https://fpl.sharefile.com/d-s0c55f365cb64027a
B-Roll of vegetation management: https://fpl.sharefile.com/d-sc8641eae526496d8
Florida Power & Light Company
Florida Power & Light Company is the largest energy company in the U.S. as measured by retail electricity produced and sold. The company serves more than 5.6 million customer accounts supporting more than 11 million residents across Florida with clean, reliable and affordable electricity. FPL operates one of the cleanest power generation fleets in the U.S and in 2020 won the ReliabilityOne® National Reliability Excellence Award, presented by PA Consulting, for the fifth time in the last six years. The company was recognized in 2020 as one of the most trusted U.S. electric utilities by Escalent for the seventh consecutive year. 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 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.