FPL: Outages last year were longer but lower than the national average

Florida Power & Light customers were without power an average of 82.4 minutes last year -- slightly more than the 81 minutes they were in the dark in 2008.

"This performance is 46 percent better than the most recently calculated national average," FPL officials wrote in a reported they submitted Monday to the Public Service Commission. All major electric utilities must submit annual reports on key reliability measures and on efforts to fortify the grid against hurricanes.

FPL also reported that it took about 59 minutes on average last year to restore power during outages -- up nearly 16 percent from 50.9 minutes in 2008. But the number of outages on average per customer dropped nearly 12 percent to 1.4 from 1.59 the year before.

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