FPL reports best-ever reliability in 2012; investing more than $200 million in 2013 to make electric system stronger against major storms

Fri Mar 1, 2013 11:06am EST

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JUNO BEACH, Fla.,  March 1, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- Florida Power & Light Company
delivered its best reliability performance on record in 2012 and is working to
make its electric system even stronger. In its annual filing today with the
Florida Public Service Commission, FPL said it is investing more than  $200
million  in 2013 to better prepare its infrastructure to withstand severe storms
and further improve everyday reliability.   

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"At FPL, we understand how much our customers depend on electricity. That's why
delivering reliable electric service is job one. We're working hard every day to
keep the lights on for our customers. That means improving reliability and
restoring service quickly when interruptions occur," said FPL President  Eric
Silagy. "Since 2006, we've invested more than  $1 billion  to upgrade the
electric system against major storms, helping  make our service among the very
best in the country. But we're never satisfied. We are committed to continually
working to provide our customers with the most reliable service and the lowest
residential bills of all 55 electric utilities in  Florida."  

Better Reliability and Storm Preparations  
In 2012, the company achieved its best-ever overall reliability performance, as
measured by the average time a customer is without power - considered the
industry's best overall reliability indicator. The average time a typical
customer was without service was reduced by 20 percent compared to 2011.  The
report also outlines FPL plans for continued improvements in 2013.  

Conducting pole inspections:               
FPL continues to maintain strong utility poles to hold the power lines and
equipment needed to deliver electricity. In 2013, FPL will inspect more than
130,000 distribution poles, completing its initial inspection of more than one
million poles in the company's system. Poles that no longer meet FPL's strength
standards are reinforced or replaced. This year, the company also continues to
inspect the structures holding its high-power transmission lines. Overall, in
2012, FPL replaced more than 9,500 poles with stronger ones, helping improve
their ability to withstand Florida's severe storms.  

Strengthening key local facilities:
FPL's program includes making local "critical infrastructure facilities" -
including hospitals, fire and rescue stations and 911 communication centers -
stronger against severe weather. In 2013, FPL is accelerating its program to
improve the lines and equipment serving these facilities, which are identified
with the help of local community leaders. The company also continues to upgrade
other neighborhood facilities, such as grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations
and major highway crossings, to help communities recover faster following major
storms.  

Clearing power lines:
Trees and other vegetation growing near power lines can cause service
interruptions. In 2013, FPL is continuing its program to deliver power more
reliably by clearing tree limbs, branches and other vegetation from all main
distribution lines every three years and neighborhood power lines every six
years. In all, the company expects to trim vegetation from more than 15,000
miles of power lines this year. In 2012, FPL cleared approximately 15,000 miles
of lines across Florida - a distance equal to traveling roundtrip from  Miami 
to  Los Angeles  nearly three times.

Long-Term Commitment   
FPL's ongoing investments are part of the company's long-term commitment to make
the electric system stronger against severe storms and increase everyday
reliability for customers. Since the infrastructure improvement program began in
2006, this massive effort has achieved a number of key milestones:

* Cleared trees and vegetation from more than 90,000 miles of power lines  - a
distance nearly four times the earth's circumference;   
* Inspected 940,000 utility poles (distribution) - when laid end to end, a line
stretching from Florida to  Brazil  and back;             
* Strengthened 361 main power lines serving local critical infrastructure
facilities,  such as hospitals and fire and rescue stations, and other community
needs, including pharmacies and grocery stores.

Florida Power  & Light Company
Florida Power  & Light Company is the largest rate-regulated electric utility in
 Florida  and serves the third-largest number of customers of any electric
utility in  the United States. FPL serves approximately 4.6 million customer
accounts and is a leading Florida employer with approximately 10,000 employees
as of year-end 2012. During the five-year period ended  December 31, 2011, the
company delivered the best service reliability among Florida investor-owned
utilities, while its typical residential customer bills, based on data available
in  July 2012, are about 26 percent below the national average. A clean energy
leader, FPL has one of the lowest emissions profiles and one of the leading
energy efficiency programs among utilities nationwide. FPL is a subsidiary of 
Juno Beach, Fla.-based NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE). For more information,
visit  www.FPL.com.

To download a video of FPL President  Eric Silagy  discussing service
reliability, please click the link below:



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