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FPL Unveils New Technology to Reduce Power Outages
March 2019

Energy companies are continuously creating new technologies and strategies to better serve their customers. In February, Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) announced it will be the first in the world to use a new, front-line piece of smart grid technology called the Automated Transformer Switch (ATS), which helps to prevent and reduce power outages throughout the company’s 35-county service territory. FPL also announced it reached a major smart grid technology milestone, completing the system-wide installation of 80,000 smart switches on the energy grid that reduce customer outages.

 

“The investments we’ve made throughout the last 13 years to build a stronger, smarter energy grid continue to provide tangible benefits to our customers in the form of higher day-to-day reliability and faster restoration following a major storm,” said Eric Silagy, president and CEO of FPL. “For example, the unprecedented size and scope of Hurricane Irma tested every piece of equipment across our 27,000-square-mile service area in 2017. Smart grid technology enabled us to avoid more than a half million outages during that storm and allowed us to restore service to customers even before it was safe for our trucks to roll.” 

Since the historic 2004 and 2005 hurricane seasons, FPL has invested nearly $4 billion in smarter energy infrastructure to create a more storm resilient energy grid. These investments have helped FPL increase its service reliability for customers by more than 30 percent over the last decade.

 

The ATS was developed by FPL and S&C Electric Company, which opened a facility in Palm Beach County, Fla., in 2015 to meet the company’s demand for automated smart switches.  

“The smart grid technology we’ve deployed pays dividends for our customers every day,” said Manny Miranda, senior vice president of power delivery for FPL. “The automated smart switches alone have allowed the company to avoid more than 1.3 million interruptions just in 2018. I look forward to continuing to use technology such as the ATS to deliver service that our customers can count on in good weather and bad.”​

An original version of this story can be found in FPL’s Newsroom​.

 

Photo caption: Marshall Mauney, director of overhead lateral automation for S&C Electric Company (S&C) (right), explains to Manny Miranda, senior vice president of power delivery for Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) (left), and Eric Silagy, FPL president and CEO, the new smart switch that FPL will soon be installing onto the energy grid at S&C’s manufacturing facility in West Palm Beach, Fla., Feb. 26, 2019. FPL will be the first in the world to install the switch that will help prevent and reduce the duration of outages. 

 

Photo credit: Paul Kizzle for FPL