Florida Power & Light Company (FPL), the third largest electric utility in the United States, is reportedly making “excellent” progress on plans for three new large-scale solar energy centers, the utility reported as part of the Florida Public Service Commission’s (PSC) annual Ten-Year Site Plan workshop.
Florida Power & Light Company’s (FPL) Riviera Beach Next Generation Clean Energy Center has officially entered commercial operation, replacing the previous Riviera Beach facility. FPL calls the new plant one of the cleanest, most energy efficient in the nation. The new energy center can produce more than 1,250 MW — double the amount generated by the previous plant — without using any additional water or land.
Florida Power & Light Company was awarded the “Smart Grid Project of the Year” and “Renewable Energy Integration Project of the Year” by Powergrid International magazine this week at the 2014 DistribuTECH conference, in San Antonio, Texas.
Florida Power & Light Company’s (FPL) is hitting the institutional market in a big way. The utility’s Office of Clean Energy is funding a range of solar-power installations at 100 public schools and other educational facilities throughout its territory. Further, FPL is making available $9 million in rebates to residential and business customers who install solar water heater or solar photovoltaic systems.
Florida Power & Light (FPL) Company reports that it has established one of the United States’ first full-scale smart grids, networking 4.5 million smart meters and more than 10,000 other devices in its 35 country service area.
FPL president Eric Silagy says, “This is one of the most ambitious projects that has ever been undertaken in the country and definitely one of the most ambitious projects that FPL has undertaken. Completing the installation of the 4.5 million smart meters and the deployment of smart grid technology throughout our service territory is making it possible for us to improve our service reliability, prevent outages and detect problems, while giving customers more control over the energy they use.”
That lonely and idle Maytag repairman could be getting some company in Florida. Last year alone, service personnel at Florida Power & Light (FPL) sat tight more than 42,000 times as smart grid technology identified and solved power outages, many of them caused by problems inside of a home instead of by a fault on the utility’s system.
Although servicemen aren’t rolling out in trucks as often, that does not mean FPL has not been busy. The utility, a subsidiary of NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE), completed its $800 million Energy Smart Florida project last month.
Florida Power & Light is one of many utilities that have been working on deploying smart grid technologies. But while many utilities are working on smart grids or installing elements of smart grids, MIT Technology Review says FPL is the first to have built an operating “comprehensive and large scale smart grid.”
“What is different is the breadth of what FPL’s done,” Silver Spring Networks executive VP of global development Eric Dresselhuys was quoted as saying in the MIT article.
The devastation left by Superstorm Sandy is still fresh in people’s minds — especially Florida Power & Light (FPL), who is currently preparing for a Category 3 storm named Hurricane Sheryl or, more specifically, Virtual Hurricane Sheryl.
Virtual Hurricane Sheryl is a dry run that will test FPL’s hurricane readiness, restoration and recovery.
It took four years and more than $800 million, but Florida Power & Light has become one of the first utility companies in the country to complete installation of its smart-grid system.
Florida’s largest utility marked completion of the massive project — nine months ahead of schedule — during a ceremony Wednesday in Palm Beach County featuring top U.S. Energy officials.
Florida Power & Light will begin work Monday in Manatee County installing the latest technological advance that continues the societal shift into the digital world.
Smart meters hold numerous advantages for both the company and the consumer. Still, a number of Manatee FPL customers among the 167,000 in the county have raised objections to the devices.