Hurricane Irma 2017 – The Experience of The Florida Key Electric Cooperative

Hurricane Irma made landfall in the Florida Keys on 9/10/2017. Florida Keys Electric Cooperative’s service territory experienced winds exceeding 115 mph with storm surges of 5 to 7 feet. The Monday morning after the storm 90% of FKEC’s members were without power. 13 days after landfall, the last of FKEC’s members who were able to receive power were reconnected.

This is the story of the planning, decisions, and execution that made this possible.


  • John Stuart – Chief Operating Officer – Florida Key Electric Cooperative
  • Scott Newberry – CEO – Florida Key Electric Cooperative