Florida PSC Wants Hurricane Category-3-Proof Electrical Systems

State regulators wants the state's electrical system to stand up better to hurricanes, so the Florida Public Service Commission is proposing a series of recommendations for investor-owned power companies on how to strengthen their distribution networks.

In the short term, the PSC wants utilities to inspect their entire systems, including lines, poles, and even the bolts on towers by June.

Another proposal would require power companies to trim trees more frequently to help prevent outages. The plan would force utilities to make sure trees and bushes are cut back at least every three years.

Over the long-term, the PSC wants utilities to strengthen their power facilities to withstand a Category 3 hurricane with winds up to 130 miles an hour.

Power companies will have to report how they would pay to upgrade their electrical systems.