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Bill Targets Local Regulation of Energy Projects

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Bill Targets Local Regulation of Energy Projects

A proposal filed Wednesday in the Florida Senate would prevent local governments from regulating construction of a wide range of energy-related projects involving electricity and such things as natural gas and petroleum. Senate Regulated Industries Chairman Travis Hutson, R-St. Augustine, filed... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
01/28/2021


FPUA to Conduct Customer Survey

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FPUA to Conduct Customer Survey

Fort Pierce Utilities Authority (FPUA) will be conducting a customer survey beginning Wednesday, January 27th, 2021, through Sunday, February 28th, 2021. The purpose of this survey is to measure our customer’s opinions and levels of satisfaction regarding a variety of topics including... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
01/26/2021


Settlement Could Increase Duke Rates

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Settlement Could Increase Duke Rates

By Jim SaundersDuke Energy Florida is asking state regulators to approve a proposed settlement that would lead to about $195 million in rate increases over three years and avoid a potentially lengthy and expensive battle over base rates. Duke, which has more than 1.8 million customers in Florida,... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
01/15/2021


Climate Change Issues Discussed in Senate

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Climate Change Issues Discussed in Senate

By Jim Turner An effort is back in the Senate to permanently set up a statewide office to consider climate change impacts, as environmentalists wait for a new chief resiliency officer to be appointed. Sen. Ray Rodrigues, R-Estero, filed a proposal Friday to establish an Office of Resiliency, a... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
01/12/2021


Florida Municipal Electric Association Announces Annual “Restoring Communities Award” Winners
Florida Municipal Electric Association Announces Annual “Restoring Communities Award” Winners

The Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) today announced its annual “Restoring Communities Awards,” which recognizes public power utilities that have either provided or received mutual aid following significant weather events, or other emergency situations, in and out of... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
01/11/2021


Public Power Utilities Recognized for Residential Customer Satisfaction
Public Power Utilities Recognized for Residential Customer Satisfaction

Several Florida public power utilities have earned high scores for residential customer satisfaction in a recently released J.D. Power study. Overall, electric utility residential customer satisfaction for the industry is high, especially for customers that are aware of payment deferment and... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
01/11/2021


FPL Outlines Plan for Base Rate Increases

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FPL Outlines Plan for Base Rate Increases

By Jim Saunders Florida Power & Light on Monday took an initial step toward seeking approval of a four-year rate plan that would increase the amount of money customers pay and finish melding FPL with Gulf Power. FPL made a filing at the state Public Service Commission that outlines a... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
01/11/2021


Kelly Resigns as Public Counsel

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Kelly Resigns as Public Counsel

J.R. Kelly, who has represented consumers in utility issues as the state’s public counsel since 2007, is leaving his post nine months after legislators approved term limits for the appointed position. Kelly, an attorney whose office frequently battles against utilities in regulatory... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
01/6/2021


Regulators Approve Duke Energy Solar Plans

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Regulators Approve Duke Energy Solar Plans

State utility regulators on Tuesday backed plans by Duke Energy Florida to build 10 solar plants over the next four years, despite some concerns about size and costs. In a 4-1 vote, the Public Service Commission supported Duke Energy’s “Clean Energy Connection Program” that will... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
01/5/2021


FMEA Releases Monthly Electric Bill Comparison for November 2020

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FMEA Releases Monthly Electric Bill Comparison for November 2020

FMEA’s Electric Bill Comparison for November 2020 shows the average bills of public power utilities across Florida are $11.04 less than the average bills for investor-owned utilities per 1,000 kWh. Overall, out of fifteen ranked categories, the City of Mount Dora reported the lowest bills... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
01/5/2021


FMEA Associate Member Spotlight: Stanley Consultants
FMEA Associate Member Spotlight: Stanley Consultants

FMEA’s Associate Member of the month for January is Stanley Consultants Stanley Consultants is a consulting engineering firm recognized in the engineering industry for their commitment to client service and a passion to make a difference. With a focus on energy, water, transportation and the... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
01/4/2021


Lakeland Electric Announces Target Date to Shutter Coal-Powered Generator

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Lakeland Electric Announces Target Date to Shutter Coal-Powered Generator

Lakeland Electric announces a target date of March 31, 2021, to shutter the utility's coal-powered generator, McIntosh Unit 3. "This was a difficult decision to make, but in the end, there was a compelling business case to shutter the unit this spring," said Joel Ivy, General Manager of Lakeland... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
01/4/2021