May 5, 2013 report
Florida electric utility completes smartgrid installations
The power company advantage is that it can improve systems before serious problems surface. The company believes its project will realize real value in fewer outages and lower electric bills for customers. So far, 400 malfunctioning transformers were sensed before they caused a power outage, said FPL, and smart meters allowed the power company to solve smaller problems without having to send out crews.
The ongoing success of Florida's smart grid in improving efficiencies and reducing outages will be worth tracking in light of how the FPL implementation might motivate improvements elsewhere in the U.S., according to energy watchers. The prevailing attitude is that, saddled with aging architectures, the way to avoid power outages is through monitoring a smartgrid to stem problems from getting out of hand. The Florida effort is being applauded because of the large scale of the FPL's grid.
Commenting on the meters and other devices used, SmartGridNews.com observed how all that equipment is networked and "sending data back to the utility, data that can be used to identify problems before they cause an outage – and reduce the length and area affected if outages do happen."
Said FPL President Eric Silagy, "While no electric system can be fully stormproof, and we have been working to strengthen the grid and improve its resiliency for some time, the acceleration of this effort will help us get businesses up and running and residents' lives back to normal more quickly after storms."
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