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FPL APPEALS FOR CONSERVATION, EXPECTS TO IMPLEMENT BLACKOUTS

 MIAMI, March 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Florida Power & Light Co. today announced it expects to implement rotating blackouts on Monday morning and possibly on Sunday morning, based on a revised statewide temperature forecast that indicates higher electricity consumption than projected Friday.
 A rotating blackout is a limited, utility-controlled service interruption for up to 30 minutes to reduce electricity demand when it exceeds supply. The rotations, which alternate among groups of pre- selected neighborhood power lines, are a last resort to avoid lengthy, widespread blackouts during periods of extremely high demand.
 "We are experiencing one problem on top of another," FPL President Steve Frank said. "First, high winds and lightning have caused significant, but scattered power outages statewide. Following on the heels of the storm is a severe cold front that is impacting the entire East Coast."
 FPL is appealing to customers who have service to conserve on the use of electricity on Sunday from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Conservation will help reduce the need for rolling blackouts and shorten their duration. FPL asks all customers to reduce electric heating and limit the use of non-essential electric appliances.
 On Monday, customers are asked to conserve beginning at 6 a.m. and continuing until 11 a.m. The longer hours are necessary because electricity


consumption begins to increase earlier on work days and continues into the late morning as businesses and government buildings open.
 In addition to issuing its appeal for public conservation, FPL will be implementing its pre-arranged load management programs for participating residential, industrial and commercial customers on both days during the peak demand periods.
 During the prescribed hours, FPL requests that customers:
 -- Reduce thermostat settings for electric heating to 64F degrees or less, if health permits; keep temperature readings constant until notified that the energy shortage has passed.
 -- Turn off electric water heaters at the circuit breaker.
 -- Close curtains and blinds to help insulate homes and buildings against heat loss.
 -- Avoid using electric space heaters; turn them off when leaving the room or home.
 -- Limit use of non-essential appliances, such as dishwashers and clothes dryers.
 -- Turn off all non-essential lighting and electric appliances, such as pool pumps and sprinkler systems.
 In addition, customers should:
 -- Close their homes and businesses against the cold early to retain heat.
 -- Check to see that battery-operated radios and flashlights are available.
 -- For residents dependent on electric-powered, life-sustaining medical equipment, check backup facilities.
 -- For customers who experience a power outage, turn off major appliances, including electric heating, immediately following the service interruption. This will help prevent the system serving the home from being overloaded. When power is restored, turn appliances on gradually, and only as needed.
 -- WAIT 30 MINUTES BEFORE CALLING FPL FOR SERVICE ASSISTANCE if you experience a power outage. This will help keep phone lines open for calls on FPL equipment problems, unrelated to FPL-initiated, 30-minute rolling blackouts.
 -- Monitor news media reports to stay informed about conservation efforts.
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 /CONTACT: Florida Power & Light, corporate communications department, 305-552-3894 or 305-552-3895/


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