Florida Power & Light prepares for first cold temperatures of 2014

Florida Power & Light Co. (FPL) is monitoring the approach of a cold front that is expected to begin impacting the state January 6 and is positioned to meet the increased electricity needs of its customers throughout its 35-county service area.

"We have been tracking the approaching cold front for several days and are prepared for what we anticipate will be increased electricity demand later this evening and throughout the next few days," said Manny Miranda, FPL's vice president of power delivery. "As part of our preparations, we have adjusted work schedules to ensure we have additional employees and contractors available should they be needed to respond to any power-related issues due to the cold weather."

The coldest weather is forecast for early January 7 and January 8.

FPL monitors its power supply every day and how it may be affected by severe weather conditions, and annually trains its employees to respond to these situations. The company has already activated its cold-weather plan, including adjusting equipment settings at its nearly 600 substations to handle the increased demand for electric service.

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