State Regulators to Look at Electric System After Irma

After Hurricane Irma knocked out power to millions of homes and businesses, the Florida Public Service Commission will conduct a review of the electric system.

“The public should be aware that the PSC plans to review Hurricane Irma’s impacts on electric utility infrastructure and the utilities’ post-storm restoration performance as soon as reasonably feasible,” commission Chairman Julie Brown said in a statement late Tuesday.

“As part of this proceeding, forensic data will be collected on the transmission and distribution facilities impacted by Hurricane Irma’s winds, and the utilities’ tree trimming practices and pole inspection cycles will be analyzed. After an intensive, fact-based review, the PSC will identify opportunities to improve utility practices and procedures.” Brown said the commission, which regulates utilities, holds annual meetings with the companies to discuss storm preparations.

After Hurricane Irma made landfall Sept. 10 in Monroe County and Collier County and traveled up the state through the next day, as many as 6.7 million electric customers lost power, according to state numbers. As of noon Wednesday, 75,000 remained without electricity.

Reposted with permission from The News Service of Florida

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