Since 2004, Duke Energy has spent more than $2.4 billion maintaining and strengthening its Florida power delivery system. The company is working hard to strengthen the grid and build a smarter energy future. Together, these improvements are reducing outages, increasing storm resiliency and improving service for Florida customers.
Ongoing maintenance includes consistent monitoring and trimming of vegetation along miles of power lines. In addition, more than 103,000 wood distribution poles were inspected, treated or replaced last year alone.
The company is also actively investing in digital technology to modernize its energy delivery system. By installing automated equipment, wireless sensing devices and other smart grid technologies, Duke Energy is improving power quality and reliability, which also reduces the number and length of power outages.
Approximately 23 percent of Duke Energy’s customers in Florida are already benefiting from smart grid technology. From May 2015 to August 2016, the new sensing devices prevented more than 160,000 power failures and over 11 million minutes of outages.
“Our reliability is among the best in the business,” says Harry Sideris, Duke Energy state president — Florida. “We keep our plants and electric grid in top condition and spend millions of dollars annually on reliability improvements.”
The technology, and Duke Energy’s preparation and training, paid off during Hurricane Matthew. More than 316,000 customers who lost power had it restored in less than 72 hours.