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Irma to Put $3 Billion Worth of Power Grid Upgrades to the Test

  • NextEra forecasts record blackouts, weeks of recovery
  • Expectations high after spending on grid improvements: analyst
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Hurricane Irma Forces Largest Miami Evacuation

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As Hurricane Irma bears down on Florida this weekend, the state’s utility customers will find out exactly what $3 billion worth of power-grid upgrades got them.

NextEra Energy Inc.’s Florida Power & Light Co. used that money in recent years to replace wooden poles with concrete ones, install flood monitors to protect low-lying substations, and deploy smart meters to help track power outages.