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FPL SETS NEW ENERGY PEAK; CREDITS CUSTOMERS FOR ASSISTANCE IN MEETING DEMAND

Company set a new record for energy demand on its system today (1/9) as customers responded to record-breaking cold around the state. FPL, which requested that its customers limit unnecessary energy use during the morning, credited customer response for helping the utility meet energy needs without major problems.

FPL's unofficial peak was approximately 17,300 megawatts, set between 7 and 8 a.m. The previous all-time system peak was 16,563 mw, set Feb. 9, 1995. That peak was exceeded Monday evening (1/8), prompting FPL to appeal to customer to moderate their energy use during today's morning hours, typically the period of greatest energy use during cold weather.

Based on duration and strength of the cold front, the utility had expected electrical demand would exceed 17,000 mw. All of FPL's 34 generating units were in service during the peak period. FPL used its commercial load control program to limit electrical supplies to the 400 businesses that participate in the program. It was not necessary to exercise a similar program for FPL's 400,000 residential "On-Call" participants, who allow the utility to cycle certain appliances on and off in exchange for a credit on their bills.

While FPL urges customers to continue to use energy wisely and safely, the utility said it is not necessary to continue extraordinary electricity reduction measures today. The utility is evaluating the outlook for Wednesday (1/10) and the rest of the week.

Although power supplies were adequate, approximately 1 percent of FPL's 3.5 million homes and businesses experienced power outages Tuesday morning.

During the peak hours, approximately 34,000 customers lost service based on localized problems associated with downed power lines and neighborhood equipment malfunctions. Areas affected:

-- Dade and Broward counties: Approximately 16,000 customers.

-- West Palm Beach and the Treasure Coast area: Approximately

7,000 customers.

-- North Florida (Brevard County to the state line): Approximately

9,000 customers.

-- West Coast (Bradenton to Naples): Approximately 2,000 customers.

FPL has increased field personnel and representatives in its customer phone centers to handle outages. Customers should contact the utility if they are without power.
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/CONTACT: Media Line, Corporate Communications Dept., Florida Power & Light Company, 305-552-3888/

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