LA - FPL Sends Transmission Equipment to Louisiana to Help Rebuild Energy Grid
Nearly 180 semi-trailer trucks to deliver resources needed to repair the energy grid following Hurricane Laura.
Florida Power & Light Co. (FPL) has been sending transmission equipment and other critical resources to help Entergy Louisiana restore power after Hurricane Laura made landfall in the last week of August. In addition to the equipment, more than 1300 FPL lineworkers and contractors have been working in Louisiana and Texas since Aug. 30 to restore power to the states' residents and businesses.
Last week, nearly 180 semi-trailer trucks were expected to leave Palm Beach County, which is the equivalent of about 30 trucks leaving each day. Four trucks were required to transport each transmission structure and other equipment that would be used to help rebuild one of the 500-kV transmission structures that were damaged in Louisiana. Transmission lines carry large amounts of high-voltage energy over long distances and are essential to providing power to communities.
"Hurricane Laura cut a path of destruction that requires rebuilding parts of the energy grid in Louisiana, which is a long and arduous process, to help return communities to some sense of normalcy," said FPL President and CEO Eric Silagy. "At the FPL, we know all too well the challenges faced in restoring power. We have relied on the assistance of so many when mother nature impacted our customers during hurricane season. So, we can empathize with our fellow Americans when they need help and our team is more than ready to lend a hand."
The FPL's restoration workforce is joining approximately 29,000 workers from 29 states, the District of Columbia, and Canada who responded to restore power. Because of the pandemic, crews have been following safety guidelines to keep everyone safe, including social distancing, increased sanitation measures, and wearing masks where appropriate. Signs on trucks remind the public to honor the 6-ft social distancing requirements that help keep the crews safe while they work.