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Meter Data Ops Named Award Finalist

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Meter Data Ops Named Award Finalist

OUC’s Meter Data Operations (MDO) unit is in the running for the 2020 UAI Excellence Award for Best Innovative Utility Analytics Team. Part of the Meter Services department, the MDO team led by Dawn Frye, Manager, gained a finalist spot based on its planning and deployment of the Meter Data... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
11/12/2020


Hurricane to Cost Gulf Customers, Snuff Out Coal

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Hurricane to Cost Gulf Customers, Snuff Out Coal

By Jim Saunders First there was Michael. Then came Sally. And that means hundreds of thousands of Northwest Florida residents will continue in the coming years to see extra charges tacked onto their electric bills to pay the costs of restoring power after Hurricane Michael and Hurricane Sally... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
11/11/2020


Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure: Phase 2 Now Open

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Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure: Phase 2 Now Open

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection announced a second and final competitive grant funding opportunity for electric vehicle charging infrastructure (EVCI) using funds from the Volkswagen Settlement. Funds are available for Level 3 (DC fast) charging near interstate highways I-10,... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
11/11/2020


Regulators Poised to Consider Duke Solar Expansion

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Regulators Poised to Consider Duke Solar Expansion

As utilities continue moving forward with plans to expand solar energy, state regulators next week will take up a Duke Energy Florida proposal that would add 10 solar plants in the coming years.But like a similar plan approved this year for Florida Power & Light, the Duke proposal has drawn... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
11/10/2020


JEA Selects Jay Stowe to be Managing Director and CEO

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JEA Selects Jay Stowe to be Managing Director and CEO

The JEA board of directors selected Jay Stowe to be the utility’s new Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Contract negotiations between Stowe and JEA will now commence. Stowe’s selection is the culmination of a five-month search process led by the board, which... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
11/6/2020


Gulf Offers Break to Customers Hit By Pandemic

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Gulf Offers Break to Customers Hit By Pandemic

Gulf Power will give a break to some customers who are behind on their electricity bills because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Northwest Florida utility said Tuesday that residential and small-business customers might be eligible for bill credits up to $200. To qualify, customers would have to... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
11/3/2020


Regulators Back TECO Solar Project

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Regulators Back TECO Solar Project

State regulators Tuesday approved a plan by Tampa Electric Co. to add a solar-energy project in Polk County, the fourth phase in an effort by the utility to build solar facilities. The Florida Public Service Commission signed off on what is known as the Durrance solar project, which is slated for... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
11/3/2020


Public Power Communities Receive “Building Strong Communities” Awards; COVID-19 Assistance Programs

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Public Power Communities Receive “Building Strong Communities” Awards; COVID-19 Assistance Programs

The Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) today recognized 22 public power utilities with “Building Strong Communities” awards for their efforts to provide their local communities extra services and programs above and beyond what they normally supply. The awards were announced... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
11/2/2020


FMEA Associate Member Spotlight – Utility Specialists, Inc.

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FMEA Associate Member Spotlight – Utility Specialists, Inc.

FMEA’s Associate Member of the month for November is Utility Specialists, Inc. Utility Specialists has been a manufactures representative since 1957. They have been in Florida for over 20 years and represent many excellent manufacturers and have many long-term relationships with these... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
11/2/2020


FMEA would like to welcome our new Associate Member: Safe Zone Flagging

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FMEA would like to welcome our new Associate Member: Safe Zone Flagging

Please always remember the companies who support FMEA and the Florida Public Power community first when you need to purchase goods or services. Safe Zone Flagging Safe Zone Flagging Inc. is a full-service traffic control company, providing vehicle and pedestrian control to various industries... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
11/2/2020


FMEA Releases Monthly Electric Bill Comparison for September 2020

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FMEA Releases Monthly Electric Bill Comparison for September 2020

FMEA’s Electric Bill Comparison for September 2020 shows the average bills of public power utilities across Florida are $14.38 less than the average bills for investor-owned utilities per 1,000 kWh. Overall, out of fifteen ranked categories, Tampa Electric Company reported the lowest bills... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
10/28/2020


Utility's Hurricane Cost Estimated at $200 Million

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Utility's Hurricane Cost Estimated at $200 Million

By Jim Saunders Gulf Power faced an estimated $200 million in costs to restore electricity after Hurricane Sally hammered parts of the Panhandle last month, the utility’s parent company told analysts Wednesday during a quarterly earnings call. While the estimate remains preliminary, Gulf... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
10/21/2020