Gulf Power has implemented more than $225 million in storm resiliency improvements in Northwest Florida since 2007.
The company has been making improvements to the area for the last decade by utilizing technologies that make its service more reliable, according to Kimberly Blair, Gulf Power spokesperson.
“We have installed smart technology, self-healing mechanisms, and have replaced wooden transmission structures with concrete structures,” Blair said. “Everything we are doing is focused on upgrading our lines in way that outages are fewer and shorter so our customers have the most reliable power that we can provide them.”
New upgrades minimize the need to send service technicians out to restore service, Blair said. This allows for problems to be solved remotely, with the ability to more effectively reroute power to avoid outages.
Recent upgrades include a $1.5 million renovation to a substation in Destin that equipped it with new technology that can dramatically reduce the time it takes to restore power to customers during outages.
“The extensive substation renovations took six months and involved a near rebuild of the facility, which was originally built in 1965 and last upgraded in 2001,” Blair said. “Infrastructure improvements were made to upgrade the reliability and performance of the energy delivery systems and technology to reduce the length of possible outages for more than 11,000 customers in the area, nearly the entire population of Destin.”
Other improvements include building the Henderson Substation that will have the ability to shift the power load from the Crystal Beach Substation and Destin Substation, as needed, during peak usage times, Blair said.
“These are part of the many investments Gulf Power is making to ensure we continue to maintain high reliability,” Blair said. “Investing in technologies and upgrades and adding renewables to our energy mix of are ways to make sure customers can count on us for their energy needs today and well into the future.”