|By PR Newswire||
|November 30, 2012 12:16 PM EST||
JUNO BEACH, Fla., Nov. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- With today marking the formal end of the hurricane season that officially started June 1, Florida experienced its seventh-consecutive year without a direct hit from a hurricane. Tropical systems, however, are powerful forces of nature. Florida Power & Light Company and its customers were impacted by four major storms in 2012 and provided significant support to those in the northeast.
This storm season demonstrated that no electric company is storm proof and that FPL has a comprehensive storm plan that focuses on readiness, restoration and recovery to respond safely and as quickly as possible if a major storm strikes its service territory.
"Though storm season might be done on the calendar, we prepare year-round for weather and other events that have the potential to disrupt service. Our goal is always to minimize the impact on our customers," said FPL President Eric Silagy.
2012 Storm Season
This storm season, which saw early tropical activity, brought four named systems (Tropical Storm Beryl in May, Tropical Storm Debby in June, Tropical Storm Isaac in August and Hurricane Sandy in October) that collectively disrupted electric service to nearly 900,000 of FPL's 4.6 million customers across the state. FPL line workers demonstrated their technical skills as they safely restored power to more than 80 percent of customers within 8 hours of their service interruption.
"Even when a hurricane does not make landfall in our territory, the associated tropical storm force winds, rain and flooding that often come with these massive systems can cause damage or interfere with restoration efforts," said Silagy. "We are on a peninsula in Florida with hundreds of miles of coastline. As much as we prepare, storms can damage power lines and equipment, causing outages."
FPL Received Mutual Assistance Twice During 2012
As part of mutual assistance agreements, FPL coordinates with other utilities to receive out-of-state support. These preparations, along with ordering restoration equipment and supplies and securing staging sites throughout Florida prior to hurricane season, enable the company to quickly deploy crews and equipment to storm-damaged communities.
FPL received mutual assistance from partnering utilities twice during 2012:
- For Tropical Storm Isaac, FPL pre-staged almost 2,500 additional line personnel and electrical contractors from partner utilities as far north as Pennsylvania and as far west as Ohio to respond to Isaac. Fortunately, the storm's path did not directly impact Florida as many had predicted, but two days of heavy rain, flooding and high winds still caused significant damage.
- For Hurricane Sandy, FPL secured more than 100 additional line workers from partner utilities in Florida, who joined the company's restoration effort along the entire east coast of Florida.
FPL Provided Mutual Assistance Twice During 2012
Through the Southeast Electric Exchange, FPL offers mutual assistance to other utilities once the company is assured that customers in its service territory are no longer at risk of being impacted by a tropical system.
FPL provided mutual assistance twice to the northeast in 2012:
- Super Derecho, July 2012 -- FPL sent 135 workers to Maryland to help restore power following the Super Derecho storm that impacted several mid-Atlantic states.
- Hurricane Sandy, October 2012 -- FPL deployed nearly 1,000 employees and contractors – including material handlers and operations & logistics professionals – along with bucket trucks, tankers, fuel pumper trucks and other equipment to assist 11 utilities from Virginia to New Jersey to restore power and rebuild their electric systems following Sandy.
"We are committed to doing everything we can to help fellow utilities and their customers in their time of need, and we are grateful to receive assistance when we need it. The concept of mutual assistance is very important to our industry," said Silagy.
FPL continues to focus on storm resiliency
In the 20 years since Hurricane Andrew, FPL has invested to make its systems more resilient to storms, utilized significant technological advances, improved how crews and resources are positioned, and made its emergency response organization more efficient to help restoration efforts. In addition, there are many tools and technologies that FPL uses today that didn't exist in the early '90s including improved weather information, Global Positioning Systems, restoration spatial view and infrared technology.
Technology advancements allow FPL to inform customers about restoration efforts faster after a storm. For example, hours after a storm, FPL creates a preliminary restoration estimate using computer modeling based on historical data. The estimate will change as damage reports from the field are complete, but it's intended to help customers and communities make initial plans.
In addition, at the start of the 2012 storm season, FPL opened the state-of-the-art Category-5-rated FPL Command Center in Riviera Beach, Fla., that is the brain center of the company's restoration and logistics planning for its 35-county service territory.
Florida Power & Light Company
Florida Power & Light Company is the largest electric utility in Florida and one of the largest rate-regulated utilities in the United States. FPL serves approximately 4.6 million customer accounts and is a leading Florida employer with approximately 10,000 employees. The company consistently outperforms national averages for service reliability while its typical residential customer bills, based on data available in December 2011, are about 25 percent below the national average. A clean energy leader, FPL has one of the lowest emissions profiles and one of the leading energy efficiency programs among utilities nationwide. FPL is a subsidiary of Juno Beach, Fla.-based NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE). For more information, visit www.FPL.com.
SOURCE Florida Power & Light Company
In his keynote at @ThingsExpo, Chris Matthieu, Director of IoT Engineering at Citrix and co-founder and CTO of Octoblu, focused on building an IoT platform and company. He provided a behind-the-scenes look at Octoblu’s platform, business, and pivots along the way (including the Citrix acquisition of Octoblu).
Dec. 1, 2015 02:00 PM EST Reads: 543
In his General Session at 17th Cloud Expo, Bruce Swann, Senior Product Marketing Manager for Adobe Campaign, explored the key ingredients of cross-channel marketing in a digital world. Learn how the Adobe Marketing Cloud can help marketers embrace opportunities for personalized, relevant and real-time customer engagement across offline (direct mail, point of sale, call center) and digital (email, website, SMS, mobile apps, social networks, connected objects).
Dec. 1, 2015 01:45 PM EST Reads: 353
OpsHub, Inc. has announced enhanced support for DevOps and Migration for both Team Foundation Server and Visual Studio On-line in a heterogeneous environment. With added support for build and release entities in OpsHub Integration Manager (OIM) Microsoft customers can now leverage Visual Studio build and release services to manage DevOps processes in a heterogeneous environment. With the enhanced support customers can manage the DevOps process in Team Foundation Server while undertaking activit...
Dec. 1, 2015 01:42 PM EST
The buzz continues for cloud, data analytics and the Internet of Things (IoT) and their collective impact across all industries. But a new conversation is emerging - how do companies use industry disruption and technology enablers to lead in markets undergoing change, uncertainty and ambiguity? Organizations of all sizes need to evolve and transform, often under massive pressure, as industry lines blur and merge and traditional business models are assaulted and turned upside down. In this new da...
Dec. 1, 2015 01:15 PM EST Reads: 305
Cloud computing is unquestionably one of the driving forces of DevOps, as the automation of operations transforms enterprise software development. DevOps, however, is more than a technology trend, as it represents a move toward silo-busting, self-organizing horizontal teams that drive business velocity. At the same time, enterprise Digital Transformation represents an upheaval across the enterprise, as customer preferences and behavior drive enterprise technology decisions. This transformation ...
Dec. 1, 2015 12:35 PM EST
SYS-CON Events announced today that Catchpoint, a global leader in monitoring, and testing the performance of online applications, has been named "Silver Sponsor" of DevOps Summit New York, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016 at the Javits Center in New York City. Catchpoint radically transforms the way businesses manage, monitor, and test the performance of online applications. Truly understand and improve user experience with clear visibility into complex, distributed online systems.Founde...
Dec. 1, 2015 12:15 PM EST
With all the incredible momentum behind the Internet of Things (IoT) industry, it is easy to forget that not a single CEO wakes up and wonders if “my IoT is broken.” What they wonder is if they are making the right decisions to do all they can to increase revenue, decrease costs, and improve customer experience – effectively the same challenges they have always had in growing their business. The exciting thing about the IoT industry is now these decisions can be better, faster, and smarter. Now ...
Dec. 1, 2015 12:00 PM EST Reads: 306
In recent years, at least 40% of companies using cloud applications have experienced data loss. One of the best prevention against cloud data loss is backing up your cloud data. In his General Session at 17th Cloud Expo, Sam McIntyre, Partner Enablement Specialist at eFolder, presented how organizations can use eFolder Cloudfinder to automate backups of cloud application data. He also demonstrated how easy it is to search and restore cloud application data using Cloudfinder.
Dec. 1, 2015 12:00 PM EST Reads: 230
Two weeks ago (November 3-5), I attended the Cloud Expo Silicon Valley as a speaker, where I presented on the security and privacy due diligence requirements for cloud solutions. Cloud security is a topical issue for every CIO, CISO, and technology buyer. Decision-makers are always looking for insights on how to mitigate the security risks of implementing and using cloud solutions. Based on the presentation topics covered at the conference, as well as the general discussions heard between sessi...
Dec. 1, 2015 11:45 AM EST Reads: 373
The Internet of Everything is re-shaping technology trends–moving away from “request/response” architecture to an “always-on” Streaming Web where data is in constant motion and secure, reliable communication is an absolute necessity. As more and more THINGS go online, the challenges that developers will need to address will only increase exponentially. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Todd Greene, Founder & CEO of PubNub, exploreed the current state of IoT connectivity and review key trends and t...
Dec. 1, 2015 11:45 AM EST Reads: 473
Actifio is powering new application development and testing services from Net3 Technologies (N3T), a managed cloud services provider. N3T's new Symmetry DevOps™ service builds on its existing Palmetto Virtual Data Center (PvDC) Cloud services for data backup and disaster recovery (DR) based on the Actifio Copy Data Virtualization platform. Previously, N3T's data protection and DR services were challenged by overlapping and inefficient legacy hardware and software platforms from multiple vendo...
Dec. 1, 2015 11:30 AM EST
The cloud. Like a comic book superhero, there seems to be no problem it can’t fix or cost it can’t slash. Yet making the transition is not always easy and production environments are still largely on premise. Taking some practical and sensible steps to reduce risk can also help provide a basis for a successful cloud transition. A plethora of surveys from the likes of IDG and Gartner show that more than 70 percent of enterprises have deployed at least one or more cloud application or workload. Y...
Dec. 1, 2015 11:00 AM EST Reads: 514
Most of the IoT Gateway scenarios involve collecting data from machines/processing and pushing data upstream to cloud for further analytics. The gateway hardware varies from Raspberry Pi to Industrial PCs. The document states the process of allowing deploying polyglot data pipelining software with the clear notion of supporting immutability. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Shashank Jain, a development architect for SAP Labs, discussed the objective, which is to automate the IoT deployment proces...
Dec. 1, 2015 11:00 AM EST Reads: 140
Countless business models have spawned from the IaaS industry – resell Web hosting, blogs, public cloud, and on and on. With the overwhelming amount of tools available to us, it's sometimes easy to overlook that many of them are just new skins of resources we've had for a long time. In his general session at 17th Cloud Expo, Harold Hannon, Sr. Software Architect at SoftLayer, an IBM Company, broke down what we have to work with, discussed the benefits and pitfalls and how we can best use them ...
Dec. 1, 2015 10:45 AM EST Reads: 132
In demand-intensive mobile and web applications, an emerging pattern is to host the Systems of Engagement in the cloud (for maximum responsiveness) but keep the Systems of Record with the other important business systems in the company datacenter, often on a tightly secured mainframe. But what about the space in between? In this IBM Redpaper publication, we show that the IBM Bluemix cloud platform offers technologies that make it easy for cloud-based SoEs to securely connect to on-premises IBM...
Dec. 1, 2015 10:19 AM EST