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PSC seeks more input on utility storm efforts

A convoy of utility repair trucks heads south on I-95 in anticipation of the arrival of Hurricane Irma in Yemassee, South Carolina
A convoy of utility repair trucks heads south on I-95 in anticipation of the arrival of Hurricane Irma in Yemassee, South Carolina (Getty Images)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Continuing to look at how electric utilities prepared for Hurricane Irma and restored power, the Florida Public Service Commission said Tuesday it is seeking input from local governments, businesses, advocacy groups and other organizations.

The commission said comments are due by Feb. 20 and can address issues such as tree trimming, placing electric lines underground and communication with utilities before and after storms.

Utilities from across the state have provided information to the commission during the past week about storm preparation and restoration issues, according to a commission docket.

Utility customers have also sent comments to the commission since October.

“Now we're drilling down another level to reach more stakeholders, who can provide an even broader perspective on how utilities are handling tree trimming, facilitating electric facilities undergrounding, and interacting with local emergency operations centers,” Julie Brown, who chairs the utility-regulatory commission, said in a prepared statement Tuesday.

Irma hit the state in September and temporarily knocked out power for millions of utility customers.