With 4.6 million customers, nearly 70,000 miles of power lines and 16 power plants, Florida Power and Light Company (FPL) is one of the nation’s largest electric utilities. FPL says maintaining reliable service while keeping rates affordable is “Job One.” While pursuing its mission, FPL is implementing “Energy Smart Florida,” which is the largest and one of the most comprehensive of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE), Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) projects. FPL had already committed to smart meters and had been running pilots for several years in preparation for SGIG upgrades. The DOE grant enabled FPL to accelerate its plans and undertake additional grid modernization improvements for the entire electric delivery system, including transmission, distribution and metering. The total budget of $800 million includes $200 million in DOE funds.