Wooden pole inspection programs of electric utilities meet most, but not all, of the requirements established by the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) in February 2006, prompting the five-member panel to order the companies to file additional information explaining the basis for their deviation from the Commission order.
The wooden pole inspection program is one of a number of measures the Commission has taken to strengthen the state’s electric infrastructure. The PSC established criteria for the electric utilities to follow in developing plans to evaluate wooden poles every eight years within their service territories.
The Commission determined Tuesday that while all five investor-owned companies met most of the requirements, the justification for some variations from PSC guidelines was unclear. In a unanimous vote, the Commission gave the companies an additional 30 days to file data supporting their basis for deviating from the established guidelines.
The Commission also directed its staff to seek additional data from the 34 municipal electric utilities and 18 electric cooperatives that filed inspection plans. The additional information is intended to justify apparent deviations from the Commission order reflected in their plans.