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Florida Power & Light Co. (FPL) has completed the installation of 4.5 million GE smart meters in its 35-county service area. The utility's four-year smart grid efforts were partly funded by a $200 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy in 2009.

According to FPL, the installation program was completed nine months ahead of schedule, with the utility installing up to 8,600 meters a day during peak deployment.

"Completing the installation of the 4.5 million smart meters and the deployment of smart grid technology throughout our service territory is making it possible for us to improve our service reliability, prevent outages and detect problems, while giving customers more control over the energy they use,” says Eric Silagy, president of FPL.

"In 2009, we began the deployment of state-of-the-art smart grid technologies as part of our commitment to building a smarter, more reliable and more efficient electrical infrastructure," continues Silagy.

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