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10/03/2017 Contact: 850-413-6482

Florida PSC Plans Hurricane Preparedness and Restoration Review


TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Public Service Commission today set its plan to review electric utility hurricane preparedness and restoration actions during the 2017 hurricane season. The review will explore the potential to further minimize infrastructure damage that results in outages.

A generic docket will be established to collect and analyze forensic data on the utilities’ transmission and distribution facilities to discern the type and cause of damage. Tree trimming practices and pole inspection cycles will be reviewed to help identify additional damage mitigation options. The Commission will also examine the effectiveness of communications with customers and the utilities’ restoration practices for potential improvements.

This extensive data collection and detailed analysis will include a workshop on hurricane preparedness with input from all electric utilities and stakeholders, including customers. Upon the conclusion of data collection and analysis, and consideration of public comment, the Commission will consider options for immediate action. 

In addition, as part of this process, the Commission will provide customers an opportunity to provide comments through its website, www.floridapsc.com

For additional information, visit www.floridapsc.com.

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