Florida’s investor-owned electric utilities will file comprehensive storm
preparation and recovery plans before the onset of the 2006 hurricane season to
comply with a decision by the Florida Public Service Commission Tuesday.
The Commission ordered the state’s five investor-owned utilities to provide
detailed plans on specific aspects of storm preparation and recovery by June 1,
including estimated implementation costs.
“We are looking for timely, thoughtful, objective assessments of where
our electric utilities are now and where they need to be,” Commission Chairman
Lisa Polak Edgar said. “The need to move forward and develop a more resilient
electric transmission and distribution network is a statewide priority.”
Based on Tuesday’s vote, each utility will have to describe how it will
implement a requirement to clear distribution line rights-of-way every three
years, for example, and inspect transmission line structures on six-year
cycles. Affected utilities will also begin tracking the reliability of
overhead lines compared with the performance of underground lines.
The five-member Commission is investigating short-term and long-term
solutions to minimize damages to Florida’s electric infrastructure during future
The Commission is also moving forward with proceedings to require
strengthening of overhead electric lines and an exploration of issues
surrounding the underground placement of electric lines.