GE, Florida Power & Light Celebrate Energy Smart Florida
In late April 2013, GE and Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) celebrated the fourth anniversary and completion of Energy Smart Florida (ESF), an initiative implemented to modernize the grid and build out a more reliable and efficient electrical infrastructure. GE helped FPL achieve two important milestones in the final phase of ESF: the installation of 4.5 million smart meters across its 35-county service territory and the successful completion of grid modernization projects funded by a grant FPL received from the U.S. Department of Energy. With GEâ€™s help, FPL created a highly integrated, advanced, modern grid that helps prevent outages, restore power more quickly and empower FPLâ€™s customers to take control of their energy use.
â€śFlorida Power & Light is an excellent example of a utility that took a thoughtful, holistic approach to modernizing its grid,â€ť said John Lavelle, CEO, GEâ€™s Digital Energy business. â€śThrough its grid projectsâ€”from substation upgrades to the installation of 4.5 million GE smart metersâ€”FPL has been able to improve reliability, prevent outages and detect problems. These are goals we strive for with all of our utility customers.â€ť
In 2009, FPL received a $200 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to help fund Energy Smart Florida and $600 million in grid improvements throughout FPLâ€™s 35-county service territory. At the start of Energy Smart Florida, FPL enlisted GE to perform 145 substation upgrades, which are helping to improve the gridâ€™s reliability and anticipate system disturbances. Additionally, FPL has installed more than 4.5 million GE smart meters.
â€śFPL is committed to always finding new ways to improve the service and value we provide to our customers,â€ť said Bryan Olnick, FPLâ€™s vice president of customer service smart grid solutions. â€śBy installing world-class equipment and working with technology partners like GE, we are creating a modern and resilient infrastructure, while providing valuable energy information to our customers and increasing the efficiency and reliability of our network.â€ť