There has already been an interesting article published about the Florida
power company problems. This article says there is widespread damage
despite the fact that Florida Power & Light has one of the most
storm-resistant and modern grids:


More Than 10 Million People Lost Power in Florida

Thanks to Hurricane Irma, the southwest of the state’s electrical grid will
need a “wholesale rebuild.”

Hurricane Irma slammed the west coast of Florida on Sunday, making landfall
first in the Keys and then at Marco Island, 15 miles south of Naples. Since
then, it’s been making its way northward, visiting destruction on the state
as it weakens.

As the storm progressed through Florida, it knocked out the lights all over
the state. In a press conference Monday morning, Eric Silagy, the president
of the state’s largest electric utility, Florida Power and Light, estimated
that more than half the state is without power. That’s more than 10 million
people, which dwarfs the number who lost electricity during Hurricane
Sandy, which had been the record holder for hurricane-related power
problems with 6.2 million affected.

[AND YET --]

It was standing with FPL’s CEO that President Obama announced $3.4 billion
in smart-grid grants through the Department of Energy as part of the
stimulus package, and when the utility finished its smart-grid installation
in 2013, it was lauded as smart-grid technology’s coming-of-age moment.

FPL’s grid was about the best the country could have brought to the
table.All the investment appeared to pay off last year during hurricanes
Hermine and Matthew. All the fancy new gear prevented some outages and
helped the utility get things back running quickly.The Edison Electric
Institute, a utility-industry trade group, gave FPL two awards earlier this
year for "Emergency Recovery" and "Emergency Assistance" because of its
performance during the 2016 hurricanes.

In other words, FPL’s grid was about the best the country could have
brought to the table. And now, apparently, Irma has laid waste to at least
a large chunk of that system. . . .

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