One engineer's blunder shut off the power in Florida Tuesday, the Miami Herald reports. Florida Light & Power says a field engineer diagnosing a faulty switch disabled two levels of safety backups—against company policy—as he worked. In a bit of extremely unfortunate timing, a fault then occurred that knocked out dozens of transmission lines and substations, including one that served the Turkey Point nuclear reactor.
The utility's president apologized to the million homes up and down the state that lost power and said procedures were being changed "out of an abundance of caution." FPL's boss wouldn't name the engineer who slipped up or give any details about him except to say that he was experienced. The engineer has been suspended with pay while the company investigates.