LAST CALL: FPL power outage plan is a little dark

Energy companies are trying to find ways of making it easier for

their customers to communicate with them in the event of summer's

predicted shortage. Take Florida Power and Light's new plan for

reporting power outages: report them online at

But ... don't computers need electricity?

FPL spokespeople acknowledge the contradiction, but say people can go to

work and report power outages from their offices, which, of course, will

be buzzing with power even if the home grid is down. Or perhaps it's

time to hurry up and invent that solar-powered modem?

Of course, the PR gurus at FPL have retained an option for those of us

who don't have battery-powered modems: 1-800-4OUTAGE.

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