FPL strengthens electric infrastructure serving Bal Harbour

Florida Power & Light Company is continuing its initiative to strengthen the electric infrastructure and improve service reliability in and near the Village of Bal Harbour and is on track to complete key improvements this year.

By the end of this year, FPL will use advanced infrared technology to examine one of the main power lines in and near Bal Harbour. This is in addition to a number of other improvements in and near the village since 2006.

“FPL has the most reliable service of any investor-owned utility in Florida and ranks among the very best in the nation,” said FPL External Affairs Manager Aletha Player. “Our typical residential customer bill is the lowest out of the 55 electric utilities in the state. While no utility can ever be completely interruption- proof, we’re working hard every day to provide our customers with electric service they can count on.”

When the planned upgrades are completed, FPL will have made the following improvements and investments benefiting the Village of Bal Harbour since the start of its comprehensive strengthening program in 2006:

Inspected 100 percent of the approximately 120 utility poles in Bal Harbour for strength, reinforcing or replacing them as necessary. The company is on schedule to complete its long-term program for inspecting the more than 1.1 million distribution poles and 65,000 transmission structures in its electric system.

Cleared vegetation along approximately 10 miles of power lines in Bal Harbour. Tree limbs, palm fronds and other vegetation that come into contact with power lines are a common cause of power outages and flickers. In 2012 alone, FPL plans to clear vegetation along more than 12,000 miles of distribution power lines throughout its service area.

Inspected four main power lines and equipment in and near Bal Harbour using advanced infrared technology to detect and address issues unseen by the naked eye before they become problems or outages.

For more information, visit FPL.com.

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