Florida Power & Light (FPL) has launched the Power Delivery Diagnostic Center, which the utility reports is designed to “leverage advanced smart grid technology to better manage the electric system and deliver reliable service that ranks among the best in the nation.”
FPL’s vice president of power delivery Manny Miranda notes, “The electric grid, which was designed and built across the United States many years ago, has remained largely unchanged for decades. During the past few years, however, we’ve made—and we continue to make—significant improvements by integrating advanced technology to make the grid much stronger and smarter. Through innovative solutions such as this diagnostic center, we have greater awareness of the performance of FPL’s grid, one of the most advanced systems in the nation, enabling us to improve reliability for our customers.”
FPL started upgrading its system in 2010 with the widespread installation of smart meters, funded in part by a $200 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. To date, FPL has installed more than 12,000 smart devices and thousands of sensors and monitors on transformers, breakers, and battery banks. The company is also investing in digital microprocessor technology that provides real-time telemetry and fault information, enabling FPL to quickly identify and locate potential causes of outages.
FPL is investing in smart grid technology and using predictive analytics to measure and improve the performance of the electric grid.