FPL marks end of 2013 hurricane season by accelerating equipment upgrades to enhance its electrical system

 FPL marks end of 2013 hurricane season by accelerating equipment upgrades to
                        enhance its electrical system

Company reminds its customers to prepare and stay vigilant regardless of time
of year

PR Newswire

JUNO BEACH, Fla., Nov. 29, 2013

JUNO BEACH, Fla., Nov. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Florida Power & Light Company
(FPL) is marking the end of this year's relatively quiet hurricane season on
Nov. 30 by moving aggressively forward with its accelerated
storm-strengthening program, which the Florida Public Service Commission
(FPSC) approved on Nov. 14. FPL will invest approximately half a billion
dollars over the next three years to continue to enhance the overall strength
of its electric system against high wind associated with hurricanes and other
major weather events with the ultimate goal of reducing outages and more
quickly restoring power.

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"We continue to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in the latest
technologies to strengthen our electric grid and prepare year-round for severe
weather that can have an impact our electric system," said Eric Silagy,
president of Florida Power and Light Company. "The investments we're making
today will not only help minimize outages before they occur, but help us more
quickly restore electric service should a loss of power take place."

During the six-month 2013 Hurricane Season that began June 1, Tropical Storm
Andrea was the only named storm to affect FPL's service area. During the first
week of June, FPL deployed a team of more than 2,400 line personnel to respond
to scattered power outages caused by Tropical Storm Andrea's high-wind gusts
and heavy rains. FPL restored electric service to 96 percent of the
approximately 50,000 customers who experienced power outages during the storm
within eight hours, and the average outage duration was 78 minutes.

The performance in recent years of FPL's electric distribution system,
particularly during a number of tropical systems that have impacted its
service network, clearly demonstrates that the company's investment is
resulting in fewer and shorter power outages. In addition, under normal
weather conditions, these strengthened power lines have experienced a
reduction in the frequency of daily outages by up to 40 percent. Strengthening
includes installing additional poles, replacing poles, sometimes with concrete
or steel, and/or moving equipment underground.

Following lessons learned from Superstorm Sandy, as well as from Florida storm
activity, FPL began installing storm-surge protection enhancements at 25
substations in Miami-Dade, Broward, Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota, Brevard
and St. Johns counties. These upgrades, which include adding flood monitors,
flood-resistant doors, impact windows and sump pumps, are expected to be
completed in 2013. In addition, FPL will complete the installation of flood
monitors at more than 200 substations throughout the company's 35-county
service area by June 2014. The monitors will provide real-time data to make
decisions about how to protect critical equipment at substations during storm
surges, help prevent loss of power to customers during a storm and speed
restoration efforts.

In addition, new smart-grid technology provides FPL with greater visibility
into power outages. More thorough and expedient information about the electric
system can help FPL better isolate power issues, more effectively deploy crews
and more accurately forecast estimated times of restoration. Computer
modeling, based on historical data, helps generate a preliminary overall
restoration estimate just hours after a storm. This early estimate is intended
to help customers and communities make initial plans until actual damage
reports from the field are complete. FPL updates this early estimate to
reflect the better and more current information available.

FPL's recently approved accelerated strengthening effort builds upon the
approved program the company has been executing since 2007. From 2007 through
2012, FPL invested a total of nearly $460 million to strengthen the
electricity-delivery backbone, including upgrades to infrastructure serving
facilities that are critical to communities. FPL focuses on poles and wires
that serve critical infrastructure – such as hospitals, 911 centers, police
and fire stations - so that they are in the best possible position to continue
their essential functions during and immediately after a storm.

"We've been fortunate to have eight-consecutive years without a direct strike
from a hurricane," said Silagy. "We know it's not if a hurricane will
significantly impact Florida, but when and where it's going to hit. That's why
it's important to have an individual plan and why we invest, train and prepare
year round."

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, 2012, the
company delivered the best service reliability among Florida investor-owned
utilities. As of year-end 2012, its typical residential customer bills are the
lowest in Florida, and 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.

SOURCE Florida Power & Light Company

Website: http://www.FPL.com
Contact: Florida Power and Light Co., Media Line: (561) 694-4442
 
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