— Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) today outlined its electric system upgrades in the Coral Springs area, as part of the company’s overall 2016-2018 storm hardening plan. The enhancements, which have helped FPL achieve the best system reliability in Florida and 50 percent better than the national average, will position the company to deliver even greater reliable electric service for customers year-round.

 “Our three-year storm hardening plan will help us deliver reliable service to our customers in Coral Springs, thanks to a more resilient energy grid,” said Eric Silagy, president and CEO of FPL. “Our customers are already seeing the benefits of strengthened power lines, with hardened lines showing on average a 40 percent improvement in everyday performance. Through a number of new projects in the area, we will deliver even better service they can count on in good weather and bad.”

 Improvements within the statewide plan include the completion of hardening main (feeder) power lines serving critical community facilities, upgrading the main power lines across FPL’s service area, initiating upgrades of smaller neighborhood (lateral) power lines and continuing to replace wooden transmission line structures with steel and concrete towers. FPL will also continue to deploy tens of thousands of intelligent devices and smart switches — in addition to the 36,000 installed to date — to help detect and predict problems and restore service faster when outages occur.

 2016 improvements in the Coral Springs area

This year’s investment includes upgrades to two main power lines serving key facilities in the area. The projects strengthen the electric system to better withstand major storms and allow for faster service restoration following power outages. The work consists of installing stronger power poles — including, in some projects, concrete poles designed to withstand wind gusts of up to 145 mph.

 

“FPL is continuing to invest in building a stronger and smarter grid that our customers in the Coral Springs area can count on year-round,” said Manny Miranda, senior vice president of Power Delivery for FPL. “For example, we’re upgrading the system supplying energy to community thoroughfares along Royal Palm Boulevard and University Drive. This not only allows us to restore power to our customers faster, but it aids in getting life back to normal quicker when customers need us the most.”

 

 

FPL will also install 20 automated switches on main power lines and two automated switches on smaller power lines serving neighborhoods and subdivisions. The automated devices detect and prevent potential problems along the energy grid, as well as restore and reroute power, when necessary, to reduce the number of customers affected by an outage.