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05/18/2006 Contact: 850-413-6482

PSC Staff and Utilities to Discuss Strengthening Grid


TALLAHASSEE — Florida’s electric utilities, Public Service Commission (PSC) staff, and other interested parties will meet on May 19 to discuss strengthening of overhead electric lines and underground placement of electric lines through potential rule amendment.

In February, the Commission directed its staff to explore construction standards for  a more resilient electric infrastructure and to analyze the cost and reliability of placing electric lines underground.  This Friday’s workshop is part of an ongoing effort by the PSC to address the design and construction of electric facilities to minimize storm damage and resulting outages.

The PSC has proposed amending its rules to address the construction of new underground facilities, the conversion of existing overhead electrical lines to underground, and more stringent construction standards for overhead electrical lines to withstand extreme weather events.

The workshop will be held at the following time and location:

Friday, May 19, 2006

9:30 a.m.

Room 148, Betty Easley Conference Center

4075 Esplanade Way

Tallahassee, Florida

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