Editorial: FP&L New online map details status of power outages

Thank you Florida Power & Light for delivering on a promise.

The state’s largest electric utility has unveiled an information tool that gives the public unprecedented news on one of today’s necessities.

The tool, which goes by the name “FPL Power Tracker,” is a real-time online map of Florida that pinpoints current power outages and the status of repairs.

As soon as the tool was unveiled, a quick check of Southwest Florida at 8:30 a.m. Thursday showed one outage in Collier County. It was off Airport-Pulling Road just south of Immokalee Road in North Naples. The tracker reported that the outage affected eight customers, that a crew was working on repairs and restoration was expected by 9:30 a.m. The cause, the tracker said, was “damage to FPL equipment.”

FPL says the data is updated every 15 minutes and customers can access the updates by going to www.FPLmaps.com via computer or smart phone.

After Hurricane Wilma, this newspaper questioned FPL about the dearth of information available on neighborhoods without power and the status of repairs.

That’s when the promise was made. The utility representatives said the technology had been developed to remotely monitor power outages and one day that information would be made available to customers.

That day was Thursday.

The public now has access to essential information, though you will want to keep your battery-powered laptop charged.

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