In the wake of January’s severe storm weather, Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) recently earned an Emergency Recovery Award from Edison Electric Institute (EEI), a national association for investor-owned electric companies in Washington, D.C.
"At FPL, we know how important reliable service is for our customers and we are focused on providing safe and reliable energy year-round," Eric Silagy, FPL’s president and CEO, said. "Our teams prepare year-round to … reduce the number and duration of outages. The Emergency Recovery Award is a testament to our team's dedication to helping return customers' lives back to normal safely and as quickly as possible."
FPL, based in Juno Beach, ranks as the nation’s third-largest electric utility and services over 4.8 million accounts. The company takes pride in its reliability and in 2015 was ranked among the country’s most highly trusted utilities by Market Strategies International. FPL employs over 8,800 individuals.
"Getting the lights back on following a major storm is never easy,” EEI President Tom Kuhn said. "FPL's restoration efforts following these tornadoes [were] truly remarkable."
FPL’s SVP of power delivery, Manny Miranda, commended the company’s workers on the ground for their heroic efforts during the outage period.
"This honor truly goes to our restoration field personnel who worked tirelessly under demanding conditions to restore service for our customers," he said. "January's tornadic events put our storm readiness to the test and the … team responded quickly, activating our storm response plan, deploying our Mobile Command Center to the hardest hit area and ensuring we had boots on the ground ready to respond and work until every customer's lights were back on."
EEI presents its Emergency Recovery Awards twice yearly. The organization comprises 70 international members and 270 associate members.