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In addition, main power lines that have been strengthened performed significantly better than non-strengthened main power lines, and no poles along FPL's transmission or distribution network failed due to wind. Any damage to the company's electrical equipment was due largely to flying debris, and fallen trees and limbs. Continued investments in the energy grid also helped reduce the number and duration of outages customers experienced during Hurricane Hermine in September. More than 110,000 customers were impacted by Hurricane Hermine and smart grid devices prevented approximately 25,000 outages. Of those impacted by power outages, the average time without electricity was less than three hours evidence that the significant investments the company has been making in its grid during the past decade are helping deliver reliable service for customers in good weather and bad. FPL has invested more than $2 billion since 2006 to build a stronger, smarter and more storm-resilient energy grid, including: Strengthening more than 600 main power lines, including those that service more than 700 critical community facilities; Placing more than 450 main power lines underground; Clearing vegetation a major cause of power outages from more than 135,000 miles of power lines; Completing more than 1.4 million pole inspections and upgrading or replacing those that no longer meet our standards for strength; and Installing 4.8 million smart meters and 36,000 intelligent devices along the electric grid using advanced technology that helps detect problems and restore service faster when outages occur. "In addition to our continued investments in our energy grid, the energy of our team is also critical to help get the lights back on for our customers when they need us the most," said Manny Miranda, senior vice president of Power Delivery for FPL. "And, that includes the community partners, utilities and contractors we worked with to restore, rebuild and recover after this year's storms. We share these awards with the extended team of first responders who ensured we restored service for our customers safely and as quickly as possible." Davies Consulting's "Communications Excellence" and "Most Innovative Practice" awards recognize FPL's one-voice emergency approach, comprehensive incident communication plan, and robust and integrated Emergency Communication Team, as well as the company's use of innovative response applications and tools in 2016 storm season. Read More FPL's leadership in building a stronger, smarter energy grid and leveraging the latest technology to deliver reliable service to customers was also recently recognized with the 2016 ReliabilityOne National Reliability Excellence Award by PA Consulting Group, Inc. for the second consecutive year.
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