FPL restores power to 1.5 mln in Florida after Wilma
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Florida Power & Light Co. restored
power to 1.5 million customers, leaving 1.7 million still
without service, four days after Hurricane Wilma devastated its
transmission and distribution system, the company said on
The storm affected more than 3.2 million of FP&L’s 4.3
million customers in southern Florida.
FP&L, a subsidiary of FPL Group Inc. of Juno Beach,
Florida, mobilized more than 9,400 workers to help restore
power and expected another 2,200 to arrive over the weekend.
The company said it re-energized all but eight of the 241
substations that sustained damage.
FP&L restored most of the power to customers along the Gulf
Coast, and said it expects to restore service to a majority of
its customers by November 8.
The company also expected 95 percent of customers to have
power restored by November 15.
FPL, which delayed the release of its third-quarter 2005
financial results by a few days until November 4 due to the
effects of the hurricane, has still not provided an estimate of
the cost of the damage.
Two nuclear reactors, meanwhile, returned to service by
early Friday, including the 839-megawatt St. Lucie 2 in St
Lucie County and the 693 MW Turkey Point 3 in Miami-Dade
County. The company expects to return unit 4 at Turkey Point to
service over the weekend.
One MW powers about 800 homes, according to North American
FP&L, however, said it would not ramp the reactors up to
full power until the utility restores power to enough customers
in the counties surrounding the plants to consume the energy
the units will produce.
As of 1 p.m. EDT on Friday, 474,000 of the 956,000
customers affected in Miami-Dade were still without power.
FPL’s subsidiaries own and operate more than 31,000 MW of
generating capacity across the United States, market energy
commodities, and transmit and distribute electricity to more
than 4.3 million customers in Florida.