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For Immediate Release:
November 21, 2017
Media Contact:
Mia DeVane
Mia.devane@miamidade.gov
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Miami-Dade County Commission urges the state to require FPL to bury power lines

Commissioner Levine Cava says requirement is fair and will make us more resilient to the next big storm


MIAMI-DADE – The Miami-Dade County Commission today unanimously passed a resolution urging the Florida Legislature and the Florida Public Service Commission to require Florida Power & Light and other electrical utilities to bury underground their existing overhead power lines. The measure sponsored by County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava was one of many recommendations she outlined in her recent report following Hurricane Irma investigations.

“Nearly everyone in Miami-Dade lost power for many days after Hurricane Irma,” said Commissioner Levine Cava. “Those places that never lost power and those that got power back the quickest seemed to be communities with underground power lines. I think putting the lines underground is fair to all ratepayers and will make FPL customers even more resilient to the next big storm.”

Commissioner Levine Cava pointed out that FPL prides itself on the work they have done hardening infrastructure, which allowed the power to come back in a week to 10 days after Irma instead of many months. She believes FPL did a great job mobilizing in the hurricane aftermath, but a big part of that quick restoration was due to the hardening investments done after lessons learned from Hurricanes Katrina and Wilma. Commissioner Cava believes the next step is to put as much of the grid underground as possible.

To read a copy of the Hurricane Irma Report & Recommendations, visit the Commissioner’s website: www.miamidade.gov/district08.