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Monitoring America’s most intelligent grid

Monitoring America’s most intelligent grid

by | May 1, 2019 | 0 comments

We are committed to delivering reliable energy our customers can count on in good weather and bad. With more than 5 million customer accounts served, it takes advanced technology combined with a team of dedicated employees to make this commitment a reality.

Nowhere is this more prominent than at FPL’s new state-of-the-art Distribution Control Center. Employees in the Category 5-rated building efficiently monitor thousands of smart devices and other equipment on the energy grid 24/7/365 to keep service reliable – and get lights back on faster in the event an outage does occur. The building also houses the company’s Power Delivery Diagnostic Center, which monitors smart grid data and manages the energy grid to allow the detection and prevention of issues before they even happen.

The facility is a true game changer for the company – and for you. In total, it is equipped with 17 video walls, 950 monitors, 330 computers and requires 120 miles of communications and electrical cables. It’s a consolidation of two control centers that were originally on opposite sides of the state. By bringing the control centers into one central hub, it improves communications with FPL’s Emergency Operations Command Center, improving our response to storms, hurricanes and other major events. Here’s how:

  • Directs restoration of distribution and substation facilities to safely and efficiently minimize customer outage duration.
  • Monitors 26,000 smart grid devices across Florida and displays the status of FPL’s distribution on state-of-the-art video display walls.
  • Offers capacity for up to 100 storm riders to respond safely and as quickly as possible to customers.

This all results in improved reliability for you, both when a hurricane is impacting Florida, and when the sun is shining bright. It’s just one of the many ways we continue to leverage the latest smart grid technology to change the current.

About The Author

Andrew Pankratz

Andy is the director of the FPL distribution control center. Prior to becoming director of the DCC, Andy was the transmission and substation area manager in Miami-Dade County, as well as serving as senior manager of the company’s system operations center.

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