Tree trimming seen as key as hurricane season nears

May 10, 2018

The 2018 hurricane season is approaching. As the state prepares, Florida Politics shares that utility regulators might look at who dictates tree trimming.

According to officials from Florida Power & Light, Duke Energy Florida, Tampa Electric, Gulf Power and the Florida Municipal Electric Association, “fallen trees and uncollected debris stacked along roads were among the biggest impediments — along with traffic, wind and flooding — to power restoration following Hurricane Irma.”

Officials also added that several billion dollars have been spent to harden the various power systems from Key West to Pensacola over the past decade, which, as a result, assisted in decreasing the amount of time Floridians were without power after Hurricane Irma.

“‘There is no way that we can prevent all power outages, but we do want to make sure that we make the investments so we can minimize those outages for customers and certainly so that whenever the power goes out that we’re there to get the power back on as soon as possible,’ Duke Energy Florida spokeswoman Valerie Patterson said.”

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