By Sharon Aron Baron
As severe weather events continue to pose challenges, Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) is taking proactive measures to enhance its infrastructure and improve resiliency in Coral Springs and Parkland.
The utility giant has announced a series of investments for 2023, including underground power lines, strengthened overhead lines, and installing intelligent devices along the energy grid.
These upgrades aim to detect potential problems and restore power faster during outages while enhancing day-to-day customer reliability.
“No energy grid is hurricane-proof, and storms will continue to cause power outages, but detailed assessments following 2022’s Hurricanes Ian and Nicole showed FPL’s investments to storm-harden its energy grid continue to benefit customers, speeding restoration,” said Manny Miranda, executive vice president of Power Delivery for FPL.
In Coral Springs, FPL’s plans for 2023 include reinforcing three main power lines, specifically those serving critical services essential for communities to recover swiftly after major storms.
FPL will focus on maintaining trees and vegetation along 68 miles of power lines—a common cause of outages, particularly during hurricanes and severe weather, and will inspect 124 power poles in Coral Springs as part of an eight-year inspection cycle, ensuring that poles meet FPL’s industry-leading standards are strengthened or replaced.
The deployment of smart grid technology is another key initiative, with five automated switches set to be installed on main and neighborhood power lines, improving problem detection and service restoration during outages.
To preempt power interruptions, FPL will also utilize infrared technology to inspect 40 main power lines and equipment.
According to FPL, since the historic 2004-2005 hurricane seasons, their work in and near Coral Springs will have reinforced 32 main power lines, including those supporting critical services.
The utility will have inspected and maintained vegetation along a staggering 790 miles of power lines—an average of 46 miles per year. Furthermore, FPL will have examined all 2,737 power poles in the area every eight years and implement 197 automated switches on main and neighborhood power lines as part of its smart grid technology initiative.
Additionally, the utility will have conducted infrared inspections on 88 main power lines and equipment to detect issues proactively.
In the Parkland area, FPL’s planned improvements for 2023 encompass the maintenance of trees and vegetation along 37 miles of power lines and the installation of nine automated switches on main and neighborhood power lines to expedite issue detection and service restoration during outages. FPL will inspect 17 power lines and equipment in the area using infrared technology to identify potential problems before they result in power interruptions.
According to FPL, since the 2004-2005 hurricane seasons, efforts in and near Parkland will have strengthened 13 main power lines serving critical services. The utility will have inspected and maintained vegetation along 392 miles of power lines—an average of 23 miles per year. And FPL will have performed comprehensive inspections on all 1,982 power poles every eight years.
As part of the smart grid technology initiative, the utility will have installed 157 automated switches on main and neighborhood power lines and conducted infrared inspections on 29 main power lines and equipment.
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- Sharon Aron Baron is a Parkland resident and editor of Talk Media. She has been covering Parkland news since 2012. Parkland Talk was created to provide News, Views, and Entertainment for the residents of Parkland.
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