FPL Blog http://www.fplblog.com Mon, 26 Jan 2015 18:16:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9 More sunshine on the way: FPL continues its successful affordable clean energy strategy with three more solar power plants http://www.fplblog.com/featured-posts/more-sunshine-on-the-way-fpl-continues-its-successful-affordable-clean-energy-strategy-with-three-more-solar-power-plants/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=more-sunshine-on-the-way-fpl-continues-its-successful-affordable-clean-energy-strategy-with-three-more-solar-power-plants http://www.fplblog.com/featured-posts/more-sunshine-on-the-way-fpl-continues-its-successful-affordable-clean-energy-strategy-with-three-more-solar-power-plants/#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:51:19 +0000 http://www.fplblog.com/?p=3761 At FPL, we love solar. We know that it is an important part of our state’s energy mix, so we’ve been working hard to find ways to advance solar energy in the Sunshine State without increasing electricity costs.

Currently, solar power – even the most economical large-scale installation – is generally not yet cost-effective in Florida, due in part to its higher costs compared to our highly efficient system and low electric rates. I’m excited to share a cost-effective plan we’ve developed to triple the amount of solar energy we use to serve our customers.

Our plan for solar in the Sunshine State
By the end of 2016, we’re planning to build three new solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants totaling about 225 megawatts of new solar capacity. The new plants will join the 110 megawatts of existing utility-scale solar at three plants that FPL operates, along with more than 100 smaller solar PV systems across 23 counties in the communities that we serve. The three new plants are: 

  • FPL Citrus Solar Energy Center – DeSoto County, near Florida’s first large-scale solar plant, which FPL commissioned in 2009
  • FPL Babcock Ranch Solar Energy Center – Charlotte County, in coordination with and support of the county and Babcock Ranch community
  • FPL Manatee Solar Energy Center – Manatee County, on the site of an existing fuel-efficient natural gas power plant that FPL operates 

Our commitment to a clean energy future
There’s no simple, silver-bullet solution to meet our energy needs. As our state’s population and economy continue to grow, it’s important to maintain a diverse mix of energy sources to power our electricity needs. We already produce electricity for your home using clean energy sources, such as solar, zero-emissions nuclear and low-cost, U.S.-produced natural gas.

As the cost of solar panels declines in the future, we’re optimistic that we can add even more solar energy to complement natural gas and nuclear to ensure reliable service for you in the future.

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Heating your home http://www.fplblog.com/ask-the-expert/heating-your-home/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=heating-your-home http://www.fplblog.com/ask-the-expert/heating-your-home/#comments Mon, 05 Jan 2015 16:39:41 +0000 http://www.fplblog.com/?p=3741 http://www.fplblog.com/ask-the-expert/heating-your-home/feed/ 58 Even better things are on the horizon http://www.fplblog.com/featured-posts/even-better-things-are-on-the-horizon/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=even-better-things-are-on-the-horizon http://www.fplblog.com/featured-posts/even-better-things-are-on-the-horizon/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 16:14:11 +0000 http://www.fplblog.com/?p=3696 Everyone likes a brighter, better day. That’s why we’re doing our part to ensure the brightest days are ahead for your family in 2015. Keeping Florida a great place to live and do business is important for all of us.

Spreading the sunshine

At FPL, making tomorrow better means continuing to make the most of Florida’s very own sunshine by turning the sun’s rays into clean energy for you. We are already making a difference. On every sunny day, we generate electricity for our customers across the state from three solar energy centers. And, we’ll be taking big steps toward increasing the amount of clean energy we produce for you using solar energy.

We’ll also continue to research and test new ways to energize our communities using Florida’s sunshine. We’ve already helped more than 100 schools and educational centers install solar systems that give students hands-on experience and opportunities to learn about renewable energy. Next year, look for more solar coming to schools, businesses and other locations in communities near you. I believe, together, we can make a big difference in advancing solar energy for our state. We’ll work to do it in ways that make economic sense and, most importantly, keep your electric bills low.  

Keeping bills low

We know that moving Florida forward means always working to keep electricity affordable for families and businesses. While the cost of so many everyday items continues to rise, the price of electricity from FPL continues to decline. In fact, it’s 7 percent lower* today than it was just five years ago, and I’m pleased to say it will be even lower next year. Most residential customer bills will be $2 lower starting in January. You can calculate your estimated savings online. Our business customers will also see a decrease beginning next year – about 1 percent. And, we’ll continue working to keep bills low through smart, long-term investments that pay off for customers, such as building cleaner, more fuel-efficient power plants and always looking for new ways to serve you better.

Making things simpler, easier and faster 

To serve you better whenever and wherever you need us, we’re upgrading FPL.com. By early next year, it will be simpler to do what you need, easier to find what you want and faster to get things done on FPL.com. We’re making sure you can get what you need from us from any device – smartphone, tablet and computer. I invite you to see the first round of upgrades slated for early next year. The changes are based on feedback from customers, like you, so we hope you really love what’s coming.

Wishing you a great 2015

These improvements are just the beginning because we never stop looking for ways to change today for a better tomorrow, for all of us. We call it “Changing the Current.” And, it’s what everyone here at FPL is committed to doing today and each day ahead. Together, let’s make this the best year yet for our families and Florida’s businesses. Here’s to a great 2015 and beyond.


*Based on a typical 1,000-kWh residential bill. Business customers have also seen a decrease.

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Top 3 energy myths busted in 2014 http://www.fplblog.com/ask-the-expert/top-3-energy-myths-busted-in-2014/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=top-3-energy-myths-busted-in-2014 http://www.fplblog.com/ask-the-expert/top-3-energy-myths-busted-in-2014/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:52:30 +0000 http://www.fplblog.com/?p=3694 http://www.fplblog.com/ask-the-expert/top-3-energy-myths-busted-in-2014/feed/ 1 Customer Insight: How to make your dollars stretch further with FPL http://www.fplblog.com/featured-posts/customer-insight-how-to-make-your-dollars-stretch-further-with-fpl/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=customer-insight-how-to-make-your-dollars-stretch-further-with-fpl http://www.fplblog.com/featured-posts/customer-insight-how-to-make-your-dollars-stretch-further-with-fpl/#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2014 16:16:03 +0000 http://www.fplblog.com/?p=3663 FPL’s typical residential bills are already the lowest in the state, but we strive to help customers save even more. I spoke with one such customer who is using our tools to take control of his energy use. Originally from New York, Mr. J. Patla has been traveling to Florida since 1992 and recently made the Sunshine State his permanent home.

“Compared to utility companies in New York, FPL bills are more in sync with the way you are using energy,” explained Patla.

Mr. Patla already practices very conservative energy use. He is adamant about turning off lights he isn’t using and adjusting the temperature of his air conditioning when he’s not home. He uses FPL’s free online energy-saving tools to stretch his energy dollars even further.

“I go back to FPL’s Energy Dashboard once a month to monitor my energy usage and compare it to previous months or the same month last year,” explained Patla. “It’s a great tool that helps me compare my energy use and make adjustments as needed.”

Our Energy Dashboard helps customers understand how much energy they are using by the month, day or hour. It helps customers budget their energy use, understand variables affecting the bill, and see the impact of making energy-efficient changes around their home.

Mr. Patla says, in his case, saving energy has become a family affair. He shares energy-saving tips with his wife, including his favorite, “if the computer is charged, you don’t need to keep it plugged in all the time.”

Log into your personal Energy Dashboard at FPL.com/energydashboard to see how you’re using energy and learn how to save today.

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Thinking small makes a big difference http://www.fplblog.com/featured-posts/thinking-small-makes-a-big-difference/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=thinking-small-makes-a-big-difference http://www.fplblog.com/featured-posts/thinking-small-makes-a-big-difference/#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2014 16:10:55 +0000 http://www.fplblog.com/?p=3661 FPL supports more than 450,000 small and medium businesses in the 35 counties we serve. This holiday season, we are encouraging all our customers to shop smart by shopping local. Extend Black Friday by shopping local for Small Business Saturday® on Nov. 29. By exploring neighborhood shops, you can find creative and unique gift options that may not be available in big-box stores.

Small businesses fuel the American entrepreneurial spirit. They form the foundation of our local economies, help shape our local communities, and give them character.We love going to local restaurants, coffee shops and retail stores because they give us a sense of home, comfort and belonging. 

When we shop locally, we can have a tremendous impact.The money that is spent in the community stays there. It helps support and creates local jobs and makes hometowns great. It’s a win-win for everyone.​

Do your part to boost the economy on Small Business Saturday and shop local. Download our flyer to share with friends or put up in your favorite business.

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Does it cost more to run a refrigerator in the garage? http://www.fplblog.com/ask-the-expert/does-it-cost-more-to-run-a-refrigerator-in-the-garage/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=does-it-cost-more-to-run-a-refrigerator-in-the-garage http://www.fplblog.com/ask-the-expert/does-it-cost-more-to-run-a-refrigerator-in-the-garage/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:50:54 +0000 http://www.fplblog.com/?p=3658 http://www.fplblog.com/ask-the-expert/does-it-cost-more-to-run-a-refrigerator-in-the-garage/feed/ 3 Top 5 tips: Get the most out of your email or online bill http://www.fplblog.com/ask-the-expert/top-5-tips-get-the-most-out-of-your-email-or-online-bill/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=top-5-tips-get-the-most-out-of-your-email-or-online-bill http://www.fplblog.com/ask-the-expert/top-5-tips-get-the-most-out-of-your-email-or-online-bill/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 18:45:49 +0000 http://www.fplblog.com/?p=3617 http://www.fplblog.com/ask-the-expert/top-5-tips-get-the-most-out-of-your-email-or-online-bill/feed/ 0 What’s old, ugly and used but worth millions of dollars? http://www.fplblog.com/featured-posts/whats-old-ugly-and-used-but-worth-millions-of-dollars/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=whats-old-ugly-and-used-but-worth-millions-of-dollars http://www.fplblog.com/featured-posts/whats-old-ugly-and-used-but-worth-millions-of-dollars/#comments Wed, 24 Sep 2014 20:32:08 +0000 http://www.fplblog.com/?p=3607 What’s old, ugly and used but worth millions of dollars?

Many folks may not consider mounds of ugly wires to be anything but trash; but at FPL we see things a little differently. We’re recycling smarter to turn our trash into cash and creating savings for customers. By taking giant heaps of discarded underground cables and sorting them into piles of valuable aluminum and copper, we’ve been able to sell the raw materials; generating millions of dollars of savings that can be channeled into helping you – our customer, save even more on your electric bill. 

Watch how we turn trash into cash:

We recycle all kinds of material, even the oil from transformers that connect to our power lines. In 2013, we recycled and remanufactured more than 800,000 gallons of mineral oil. This particular oil is cleaned and turned into base oil that can then produce baby oil and even new transformer fluid.

By eliminating waste and reducing the need for new goods, we’ve been able to provide value to you with a new and innovative approach. It’s just one more way that we’re working to keep our customers’ bills the lowest in the state.

More fun facts about our recycling effort:



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Success story: Customer finds easy savings​ http://www.fplblog.com/featured-posts/success-story-customer-finds-easy-savings/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=success-story-customer-finds-easy-savings http://www.fplblog.com/featured-posts/success-story-customer-finds-easy-savings/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:42:38 +0000 http://www.fplblog.com/?p=3609 Born in Trinidad and Tobago, Mr. E. Hernandez moved to Palm Bay with his wife in 2006. He has taken energy efficiency very seriously since moving to Florida and loves to learn new ways to save money on his FPL bill. In fact, he enjoys it so much that he has taken our free Online Home Energy Survey four times!

“The first time I took the Online Home Energy Survey it provided me with a lot of information, it was easy to use,” said Hernandez. “After answering a few simple questions, I was able to obtain a lot of information about my energy usage and make my bill even lower.”

The easy to use, free tool provides him with a personalized energy-savings plans, tips and recommendations to save up to $250 a year in energy costs. By taking the survey, Hernandez learned that his electricity bill rises when he has visitors in town but thanks to the energy-saving tips offered in his report, he has made adjustments to counter the impacts and save money, like installing time-sensitive lights to reduce excess use. 

“I try to encourage my houseguests to save energy, but I don’t want to become a nuisance,” explains Hernandez. “Instead I just remind them to turn off the lights when they are done in a room and things like that. When my grandkids are in town however, it becomes a little more challenging.”

While FPL’s typical residential bill is already the lowest in the state and about 25 percent lower than the national average, this free tool makes it even easier for customers to take control of their bill.

“I think the Online Home Energy Survey is a great tool,” added Hernandez. “If people take the time to use the tools FPL offers they will see it is worth their while. You have nothing lose, and everything to gain.”

Start saving today at FPL.com/easytosave.

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A/C fan switch – “on” or “auto”? Which saves the most money? http://www.fplblog.com/ask-the-expert/acsetting/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=acsetting http://www.fplblog.com/ask-the-expert/acsetting/#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:16:06 +0000 http://www.fplblog.com/?p=3526 http://www.fplblog.com/ask-the-expert/acsetting/feed/ 229 Take 3 minutes to help your neighbors in need http://www.fplblog.com/featured-posts/take-3-minutes-to-help-your-neighbors-in-need/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=take-3-minutes-to-help-your-neighbors-in-need http://www.fplblog.com/featured-posts/take-3-minutes-to-help-your-neighbors-in-need/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:46:08 +0000 http://www.fplblog.com/?p=3531
You can help your neighbors in need right now by visiting www.SupportLIHEAP.org. In less than three minutes, you can contact your members of Congress to urge their support for continued funding for the federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). 
Relief from the heat isn’t always as easy as adjusting the thermostat, especially for seniors on fixed incomes and many Florida families. LIHEAP is federal program that helps people in need across the country to pay for essential energy service, such as cooling costs in Florida and other warm-weather states. Funding is distributed by local agencies that ensure it goes to people who need it most. For Floridians struggling to pay their utility bills, LIHEAP can be a lifesaver.
Preserving LIHEAP funding is critical. Not only does it support people in times of need, it helps essential service providers keep unpaid costs from impacting all of their customers. Currently, less than 10 percent of those who need help in Florida actually receive it. That’s why it’s important that we advocate for Florida to receive its fair share of the annual funding.
I urge you to contact your elected officials and request their support for full LIHEAP funding and for Floridians to receive their appropriate share. Thank you for your time.
Lou Gonzalez
Special Consumer Services
Florida Power & Light
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Open vents vs. closed – Which lowers A/C costs? http://www.fplblog.com/ask-the-expert/vent/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=vent http://www.fplblog.com/ask-the-expert/vent/#comments Mon, 14 Jul 2014 18:37:50 +0000 http://www.fplblog.com/?p=3456 http://www.fplblog.com/ask-the-expert/vent/feed/ 371 What causes higher summer bills? http://www.fplblog.com/ask-the-expert/summer-tips/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=summer-tips http://www.fplblog.com/ask-the-expert/summer-tips/#comments Tue, 24 Jun 2014 22:51:56 +0000 http://www.fplblog.com/?p=3436 http://www.fplblog.com/ask-the-expert/summer-tips/feed/ 73 Top 5 Ways To Get Storm Info http://www.fplblog.com/ask-the-expert/top-5-ways-to-get-storm-info/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=top-5-ways-to-get-storm-info http://www.fplblog.com/ask-the-expert/top-5-ways-to-get-storm-info/#comments Thu, 22 May 2014 13:32:38 +0000 http://www.fplblog.com/?p=3416 http://www.fplblog.com/ask-the-expert/top-5-ways-to-get-storm-info/feed/ 16 Robotics competition excites future engineers, computer scientists and other high-tech professionals http://www.fplblog.com/featured-posts/robotics-competition-excites-future-engineers-computer-scientists-and-other-high-tech-professionals/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=robotics-competition-excites-future-engineers-computer-scientists-and-other-high-tech-professionals http://www.fplblog.com/featured-posts/robotics-competition-excites-future-engineers-computer-scientists-and-other-high-tech-professionals/#comments Fri, 02 May 2014 17:44:50 +0000 http://www.fplblog.com/?p=3323 For the second year in a row, I’ve had the pleasure of supporting the FIRST Robotics South Florida Regionals Competition, an incredible combination of hard work and pure fun. You may wonder what a high school robotics competition has to do with maintaining Florida Power & Light Company’s current fleet of modern fuel-efficient power plants. While power generation and working with robotics are two very different things, the teamwork, skill, dedication, and determination required to be successful at each is very similar.

At this year’s South Florida competition, high school robotics teams from all over the region, plus other states and Mexico, face-off in a game called Aerial Assist. The game consists of three robots per team, on a flat 25’ x 54’ field, that try to score as many balls into a goal as possible during a two-and-a-half minute match. Behind the scenes are FPL’s talented welders, machinists and engineers who manned the “Robot Urgent Care” center, a machine shop for repairing “injured” robots.

At the care center, students and the FPL team’s skills overlapped. The interaction between fellow craftsmen, while operating on damaged robot drive systems and broken appendages, provides insight to a career in the mechanical craft field. Not only are we helping teams to successfully complete months of hard work, but the FPL employees are introducing students to a world of design, fabrication, and manufacturing that they might not even know existed in the power industry.

FPL’s support of FIRST Robotics encourages future engineers, mathematicians, physicists, computer scientists, machinists and mechanics. If the respect, dedication, and teamwork these students exhibited at the competition reflect future FPL employees, our future is looking bright.


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Together, we’re always ready when you need us most http://www.fplblog.com/featured-posts/together-were-always-ready-when-you-need-us-most/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=together-were-always-ready-when-you-need-us-most http://www.fplblog.com/featured-posts/together-were-always-ready-when-you-need-us-most/#comments Thu, 01 May 2014 22:42:24 +0000 http://www.fplblog.com/?p=3314 On the ten-year anniversary of Hurricanes Charley, Jeanne and Frances, our Vice President & Chief Communications Officer, Rob Gould, shares his thoughts on what we’ve learned during the past ten years and how our new partnership with the Florida National Guard is one way we’re doing our part to be ready when the next major storm hits.

The world has changed during the past ten years, and in particular, the last 3-4 years with the proliferation of mobile devices and other items in our homes and businesses that require electricity. Super Storm Sandy demonstrated how large an undertaking it is to launch a public response to a man-made or natural disaster. While we’ve been fortunate to have a relatively quiet string of storm seasons here in Florida, at FPL, we’re certainly not resting on our laurels.

When it comes to emergency response, we’re constantly striving for continuous improvement. We’ve learned from our fellow utilities and understand the value of working together. We’ve had the opportunity to benchmark how other emergency response professionals from outside our industry have worked together to communicate during other types of incidents, such as the Boston Marathon and late January mall shooting in suburban Maryland.

We value our partnership with Florida’s first responder community and we share with these organizations a passion and duty to serve in times of crisis, such as a hurricane. Our commitment to you is we’ll work around-the-clock to restore your life to normal as quickly as possible.

And that’s what has led us to launch what we believe is a first-of-a-kind partnership with the Florida National Guard. As a retired National Guard Colonel, I can speak for the entire company when I say we’re honored to have a Florida National Guardsman work side-by-side our emergency response organization with one goal in mind – to improve our ability to respond during a crisis.


We hope this partnership creates a model other utilities and National Guard units around the country can replicate to better serve their customers and citizens in times of need.

How we’ve upgraded our system to make it more resilient

Though it’s been a decade since the epic storm season of 2004, as a company our commitment to upgrading our electric grid has never been stronger. It’s evident in the more than $1.4 billion we’ve invested since 2004 to make it more resilient. We have now installed more than 4.6 million smart meters and introduced state-of-the-art technology to help reduce the number of outages and restore service faster when they happen.

We’ve also looked at how to shorten the amount of time it takes to restore power when we experience large scale storms. In Florida, when falling tree limbs knock out power, repairing the broken line extends the time it takes get your power restored. To minimize these delays, we’ve proactively cleared away vegetation from over 100,000 miles of power lines. Similarly, we’ve made sure our poles are ready to withstand extreme winds by inspecting all of our power poles – more than one million of them – and upgrading or replacing those that aren’t up to muster.

We know that after any major storm public safety is critical. That’s why we’ve strengthened the more than 450 main power lines serving key community infrastructure – like hospitals, police and fire stations, 911 centers, water treatment and sewage facilities.

Each year, our nearly 9,000 employees participate in training and drills to test our comprehensive restoration plan, such as this one this week. Our experience from past hurricanes has only strengthened our resolve to do even better for our customers when the next bad storm comes our way.

Now is the time to get ready

Our back of the envelope math leads us to believe that more than one million residents are new to the FPL service territory since the time of Charley, Jeanne or Frances. That means that these customers have either never experienced the deadly force of a hurricane, or their paradigm is one of a number of named storms in some other part of the country. Regardless, complacency is something all of us must guard against. The fact is it’s not a matter of if we’ll ever see another hurricane, but rather when.

One thing I’ve learned in my years of experience in the utility industry is to never to bank on a quiet storm season. That’s why at FPL we’re getting prepared and encourage you to do the same. Take time today to visit our upgraded storm center at www.FPL.com/storm for tips on how to prepare yourself and family this storm season. We’ll be ready for the next one and we urge you to be, too.

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Storm Banner http://www.fplblog.com/storm-mode-banner/storm-banner/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=storm-banner http://www.fplblog.com/storm-mode-banner/storm-banner/#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:25:20 +0000 http://www.fplblog.com/storm-mode-banner/storm-banner/feed/ 0 Hero Banner http://www.fplblog.com/banner/hero-banner/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=hero-banner http://www.fplblog.com/banner/hero-banner/#comments Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:44:53 +0000 http://www.fplblog.com/banner/hero-banner/feed/ 0