Smart Cities

Hurricane Irma Set To Provide Stern Test For Florida’s Smart Grid

In the 12 years since the last category 5 hurricane in Florida there have been major advancements in smart power grid technology, these developments will be put to the test in the coming days as Hurricane Irma looms large over the southeastern state. The ‘sunshine state’ experienced two significant, yet smaller, hurricanes last year that now appear to have been the ideal trials for the category 5 Hurricane Irma that is set to make landfall near Miami on Sunday morning. The difference between categories is much larger than the category numbers might imply; a category 5 hurricane, for example, is expected to do 500 times more damage than a category 1 hurricane. During the category 1 Hurricane Hermine in September last year, crews from local utility Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) worked safely and quickly to restore service to 100% of its customers within 24 hours of the storm passing. Most of those impacted […]

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