FPL is continuously looking at opportunities to enhance the reliability of our service in good weather and bad.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, we saw that the number one cause of outages was debris blowing into and trees falling onto our power lines. The trees, many of which were outside of FPL’s easement or public right of way, and were beyond where FPL trims, damaged our equipment, power lines and poles. Trees also blocked roadways, which slowed the restoration efforts.
Since 2006,?we have invested more than $5 billion into the grid to make it stronger, smarter and more storm-resilient. These investments include hardening and undergrounding certain power lines. And, we saw how this benefited our customers by minimizing damage and speeding the restoration process after a storm like Hurricane Irma.
That's why we started the Storm Secure Underground Pilot Program to underground certain neighborhood power lines -- typically the power lines in back yards or side streets.
This pilot will, among other learnings, help us determine how cost effectively we can underground these power lines to restore power faster after severe weather, as well as enhance day-to-day reliability.
The Storm Secure Underground Pilot Program is one of the many ways we are improving the quality of your service.
The company has used several criteria to determine the location of these projects, including power lines' performance during Hurricanes Matthew and/or Irma, outages on power lines due to vegetation issues and performance of power lines during day-to-day operations.