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Hurricane season tests smart grid deployments, Irma was unstoppable

Extreme weather in both Texas and Florida has tested the newest smart grid deployments made by utilities. With many smart grid advocates citing resiliency and recovery as major benefits, some utilities have been praising their uptimes – while others seem to have been caught short of the mark. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma thrashed Texas and Florida, respectively, with flooding and high winds responsible for most of the damage. Irma killed power supply to some 6.7m homes in Florida (10m people), with Florida Power and Light (FPL), the largest electric utility, saying it had seen an unprecedented 5m customer outages. Hurricane Sandy knocked out power for 6.2m people, in comparison. FPL has begun the process of rebuilding its smart grid, which…

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