Florida Electric Cooperatives Prepare for Tropical Storm Dorian

Posted: August 30, 2019

Electric cooperatives across Florida are completing preparations and activating emergency plans ahead of Hurricane Dorian’s landfall.

“As Hurricane Dorian strengthens and makes a path toward Florida, the electric cooperatives are once again prepared for a strong storm with anticipated power outages,” said Mike Bjorklund, general manager of the Florida Electric Cooperatives Association. “As always, the safety is our number one priority, for both our co-op employees and our members. We are continually work with restoration personnel from Florida and neighboring states to coordinate and deliver a comprehensive power restoration process. These additional crews and resources are essential to Florida’s electric co-op restoration process. Restoration personnel will begin working as soon as conditions are within safety parameters.”

As the storm passes, impacted Florida co-ops will conduct damage assessments, while implementing power restoration plans.

Power restoration typically follows these repair steps, depending on the extent of the damage:

  1. Transmission Line Repairs. These supply power to one or more substations.
  2. Substation Repairs. A substation serves thousands of homes and businesses.
  3. Main Distribution Line Repairs. Each line serves a portion of members from each substation.
  4. Tap Line Repair. These serve smaller groups of members from the main distribution lines.
  5. Individual Services Repair. These lines serve individual homes and buildings.

Florida’s 15 electric cooperatives provide power to nearly 2.4 million Floridians across 54 counties from the Florida Keys to the panhandle.

About the Florida Electric Cooperatives Association

The Florida Electric Cooperatives Association, Inc. is a not-for-profit, statewide trade association representing Florida’s 15 electric distribution cooperatives and two generation and transmission cooperatives.