Among one of the top five largest electric utility companies in the US, FPL, owned by NextEra Energy, provides power to almost 10 million people across the Sunshine State.
‘That would be unprecedented for us and probably any utility, ‘ said FPL CEO Eric Silagy.
“We will safely shut down these nuclear plants well in advance of hurricane-force winds, and we’ve finalized plans for that shutdown”, FPL spokesman Rob Gould told a news conference.
Olivia Ross, a spokeswoman for CenterPoint Energy, which serves the greater Houston area, said these devices helped the utility keep the lights on for more people in the aftermath of Harvey as some issues were resolved remotely.
“There may be situations where we will physically have to rebuild, not restore, the power system”, Gould said. The process will require several weeks of risky restorations of power plants, substations, and transmission lines.
FPL is a unit of Florida energy company NextEra Energy Inc.
PG&E workers from across California have been hunkering down in a hotel meant to withstand Category 4 storm activity, waiting until the winds and rain of Hurricane Irma died down.
Duke Energy Corp., the state’s second largest utility, estimates more than 1 million outages as a result of Irma. In order to address the needs of as many homes as possible, the power company will address calls from the most population dense areas first. The U.S. Department of Energy awarded FPL $200 million for the grid from 2009 Recovery Act funds.
Florida Power & Light has taken steps to build a more resilient grid, including replacing wood power poles with concrete ones, Gould said.
Workers with Mexico’s Federal Electric Commission (CFE) work to fix a fallen electrical utility pole in San Jose de los Cabos, Mexico, Friday, Sept. 19, 2014.
FPL said on Friday that Irma could affect about 4.1 million customers, but that was before the storm track shifted away from the eastern side of the state.
In a statement this week, FPL estimated about half of its near five million customers – particularly in the trio of populous southeast counties Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and Broward – had not experienced a major hurricane since 2005.
The two nuclear facilities in question – the Turkey Point plant and the St Lucie plant – together provide enough electricity to power around 1.9 million regional homes (electricity use in Florida is quite high, owing to air conditioning).
Gould added that the company may have to rebuild parts of its power system, and this could take weeks or even longer, “if Irma’s worst fears are realized”.
Here’s the current message: “This is an important message from Florida Power & Light”.
There is also spent nuclear fuel at Duke’s Crystal River plant, about 90 miles (145 km) north of Tampa.
As Irma’s track continue to evolve, they’re adjusting their crews.
“This is the hardest part of the storm for us”. In the Atlanta metro area, about 496 stations, or 12.2 percent, were out of gasoline, according to information service Gas Buddy.