FPL reports best-ever reliability in 2012; investing more than $200 million in 2013 to make electric system stronger against

FPL reports best-ever reliability in 2012; investing more than $200 million in
          2013 to make electric system stronger against major storms

PR Newswire

JUNO BEACH, Fla., March 1, 2013

JUNO BEACH, Fla., March 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Florida Power & Light Company
delivered its best reliability performance on record in 2012and is working to
make its electric system even stronger. In its annual filing today with the
Florida Public Service Commission, FPL said it is investing more than $200
million in 2013 to better prepare its infrastructure to withstand severe
storms and further improve everyday reliability.

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"At FPL, we understand how much our customers depend on electricity. That's
why delivering reliable electric service is job one. We're working hard every
day to keep the lights on for our customers. That means improving reliability
and restoring service quickly when interruptions occur," said FPL President
Eric Silagy. "Since 2006, we've invested more than $1 billion to upgrade the
electric system against major storms,helping make our service among the very
best in the country. But we're never satisfied. We are committed to
continually working to provide our customers with the most reliable service
and the lowest residential bills of all 55 electric utilities in Florida."

Better Reliability and Storm Preparations
In 2012, the company achieved its best-ever overall reliability performance,
as measured by the average time a customer is without power– considered the
industry's best overall reliability indicator. The average time a typical
customer was without service was reduced by 20 percent compared to 2011. The
report also outlines FPL plans for continued improvements in 2013.

Conducting pole inspections:
FPL continues to maintain strong utility poles to hold the power lines and
equipment needed to deliver electricity. In 2013, FPL will inspect more than
130,000 distribution poles, completing its initial inspection of more than one
million poles in the company's system. Poles that no longer meet FPL's
strength standards are reinforced or replaced. This year, the company also
continues to inspect the structures holding its high-power transmission lines.
Overall, in 2012, FPL replaced more than 9,500 poles with stronger ones,
helping improve their ability to withstand Florida's severe storms.

Strengthening key local facilities:
FPL's program includes making local "critical infrastructure facilities" –
including hospitals, fire and rescue stations and 911 communication centers –
stronger against severe weather. In 2013, FPL is accelerating its program to
improve the lines and equipment serving these facilities, which are identified
with the help of local community leaders. The company also continues to
upgrade other neighborhood facilities, such as grocery stores, pharmacies, gas
stations and major highway crossings, to help communities recover faster
following major storms.

Clearing power lines:
Trees and other vegetation growing near power lines can cause service
interruptions. In 2013, FPL is continuing its program to deliver power more
reliably by clearing tree limbs, branches and other vegetation from all main
distribution lines every three years and neighborhood power lines every six
years. In all, the company expects to trim vegetation from more than 15,000
milesof power lines this year. In 2012, FPL cleared approximately 15,000
miles of lines across Florida – a distance equal to traveling round trip from
Miami to Los Angeles nearly three times.

Long-Term Commitment
FPL's ongoing investments are part of the company's long-term commitment to
make the electric system stronger against severe storms and increase everyday
reliability for customers. Since the infrastructure improvement program began
in 2006, this massive effort has achieved a number of key milestones:

  oCleared trees and vegetation from more than 90,000 miles of power lines–
    a distance nearly four times the earth's circumference;
  oInspected 940,000 utility poles (distribution)– when laid end to end, a
    line stretching from Florida to Brazil and back;
  oStrengthened 361 main power lines serving local critical infrastructure
    facilities, such as hospitals and fire and rescue stations, and other
    community needs, including pharmacies and grocery stores.

Florida Power & Light Company
Florida Power & Light Company is the largest rate-regulated electric utility
in Florida and serves the third-largest number of customers of any electric
utility in the United States. FPL serves approximately 4.6 million customer
accounts and is a leading Florida employer with approximately 10,000 employees
as of year-end 2012. During the five-year period ended December 31, 2011, the
company delivered the best service reliability among Florida investor-owned
utilities, while its typical residential customer bills, based on data
available in July 2012, are about 26 percent below the national average. A
clean energy leader, FPL has one of the lowest emissions profiles and one of
the leading energy efficiency programs among utilities nationwide. FPL is a
subsidiary of Juno Beach, Fla.-based NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE). For
more information, visit www.FPL.com.

To download a video of FPL President Eric Silagy discussing service
reliability, please click the link below:

Click here to download 26283_Silagy_Reliability v2-h264-highres.mov



SOURCE Florida Power & Light Co.

Website: http://www.fpl.com
Contact: Florida Power & Light Co., Media Line: +1-305-552-3888