FPL clears trees, palm fronds away from 100,000 miles of power lines

Florida Power & Light Co. cleared trees and palm fronds from 100,000 miles of power lines throughout its 35-county service territory in Florida since 2006. This is the equivalent to a distance four times the earth's circumference.

The vegetation management work is part of the company's comprehensive program it initiated after seven storms hit FPL's service area in 2004-2005, to make the electric system more resilient against severe weather and improve everyday reliability.

FPL clears vegetation from about 15,000 miles of overhead distribution power lines every year, or about 60 miles of lines every business day. That includes the lines serving key facilities such as hospitals, police and fire stations.

Additionally, FPL clears vegetation from its main power lines every three years and neighborhood lines every six years, on average. The majority of the scheduled line- clearing work is completed before September, which is the height of storm season, to help minimize the amount of debris that can fly into poles and wires during windy weather.

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