The impending 2006 hurricane season will find Florida better prepared to
deal with issues affecting electric transmission and distribution based on
actions outlined by the Florida Public Service Commission Monday.
At the onset of the 2006 hurricane season, all electric service
providers, including municipals and co-operatives, will brief the Commission on
the status of their hurricane preparations.
The five-member Commission reviewed a series of short-term and long-term
options to strengthen the state’s electric system, minimize damage and reduce
future recovery costs.
Investor-owned utilities will file ongoing implementation plans
addressing accelerated tree trimming cycles, structural integrity of lines and
poles and coordination with local governments. The utilities will also spell
out how they plan to deal with the storm recovery process.
Commission Chairman Lisa Polak Edgar said each utility will need to
include cost estimates with their implementation plans. “The question of who
pays is something we will have to address not just now, but down the road.”
In addition, the Commission directed its staff to explore construction
standards that will lead to a more durable electric system and to analyze the
cost and reliability effects of placing electric lines underground.