Investing now to help communities recover faster after a storm
As president of Florida Power & Light Company, Eric Silagy leads the thousands of employees who bring affordable, reliable power to you every day. He’s raising his family here in the sunshine state, something that fuels his drive to always look for ways to make tomorrow better for all of us.
While it’s been almost eight years since a hurricane impacted our service territory, we have not forgotten the challenges that one brings. We’ve been fortunate in recent years to avoid a direct impact from a major storm, but it’s only a matter of time before Florida is hit again.
We know our customers and the state’s economy depend on us to be prepared for hurricanes. When a storm strikes, it’s critical that we get communities up and running and residents’ lives back to normal safely and as quickly as possible.
Every storm, large or small, reinforces our belief that we must continually hone our response plans and strengthen our system. After the devastating hurricanes of 2004 and 2005, we embarked on a multi-year effort to strengthen our infrastructure, investing nearly half a billion dollars over the last five years to better protect our system.
Now we’re accelerating these improvements, with plans to invest another approximately half a billion dollars during the next three years to continue improving the overall resiliency of the electric system for our customers. We’re stepping up efforts to deploy wind-resilient equipment throughout the backbone of the grid. And we’re also continuing to harden power lines serving critical facilities and community needs, such as hospitals, police and fire stations, 911 facilities, water-treatment plants, grocery stores, gas stations and pharmacies.
While essential during a major storm, these improvements also benefit FPL customers year-round, enabling faster restoration after severe weather and improving everyday service reliability for your business.
As hurricane season gets underway, I invite you to visit our Storm Center for information that can help your business and employees prepare for severe weather.
- Eric Silagy