The Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) has approved plans by four of the five state investor-owned utilities (IOUs) to make the state’s electric infrastructure more resistant to future storm damage.
The storm-hardening plans incorporate all previous PSC directives for the IOUs to make the grid more storm resilient, including increased pole inspections. Ten other initiatives ordered by the PSC are also part of the plan, and include requirements for increased vegetation management, strengthening of critical electric infrastructure, and enhanced disaster recovery activities.
“These plans reflect the lessons learned from the devastating hurricanes of 2004 and 2005,” said Chairman Lisa Polak Edgar. “We’ve required utilities to strengthen their systems to expedite response time and minimize electrical outages to customers when storms do occur.”
Plans approved by the Commission include those for Florida Power and Light Company, Tampa Electric Company, Progress Energy Florida, and Gulf Power Company. The PSC will evaluate Florida Public Utilities Company’s plan in early 2008 as part of their request for a rate increase.
The PSC is committed to making sure that Florida's consumers receive electric, natural gas, telephone, water, and wastewater services in a safe, affordable, and reliable manner. The PSC exercises regulatory authority over utilities in the areas of rate base/economic regulation; competitive market oversight; and monitors safety, reliability, and service.
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