Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) has invested more than $3 billion since the historic 2004-2005 hurricane seasons to build a stronger and smarter energy grid you can count on in good weather and bad. The improvements we have made to the grid have improved service reliability for our customers by more than 30 percent over the past seven years. And, we’re not stopping there. Here’s what we’ve done in Volusia County since 2006 to make the energy grid more resilient in storms and more reliable during day-to-day operations:
- Strengthened 48 main power lines, including those that serve critical services, such as Halifax Health Medical Center, Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center and the Daytona Beach Fire Department, that are necessary for communities to recover faster after a storm;
- Cleared tree branches and vegetation — a major cause of power outages — from 7,555 miles of power lines, an average of 630 miles every year;
- Inspected all 66,859 power poles every eight years, strengthening or replacing those that no longer meet FPL’s standards for strength;
- Installed smart grid technology, including 3,405 automated switches on main and neighborhood power lines to help detect problems and restore service faster when outages occur; and
- Inspected 205 main power lines and equipment using infrared technology to detect issues before they cause a power interruption.
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