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City of Ocala Announces Electric Utility Director

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City of Ocala Announces Electric Utility Director

The City of Ocala has announced Eric Weaver as the new director for Ocala Electric Utility (OEU). Weaver served as the interim director since Dec. 2019 and accepted the role of director Aug. 4. Weaver oversees the entire OEU organization, including Transmission and Distribution, Construction,... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
09/8/2020


FMEA Associate Member Spotlight – Southern Switch & Contacts

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FMEA Associate Member Spotlight – Southern Switch & Contacts

FMEA’s Associate Member of the month for September is Southern Switch & Contacts Since 1982, Southern Switch & Contacts has been supplying the electric utility industry with quality components. Their customers range from large multi-state utilities to rural coops. In 2017 Southern... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
09/7/2020


FMEA would like to welcome our new Associate Members: EN Engineering and KCI Technologies

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FMEA would like to welcome our new Associate Members: EN Engineering and KCI Technologies

Please always remember the companies who support FMEA and the Florida Public Power community first when you need to purchase goods or services! EN Engineering Since 2002, businesses, people, and communities have entrusted the employees of EN Engineering with their most valuable assets. Their... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
09/7/2020


Duke Ordered to Return $16.1 Million to Customers

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Duke Ordered to Return $16.1 Million to Customers

State regulators on Tuesday approved requiring Duke Energy Florida to return $16.1 million to customers in a case that stemmed from problems at the utility’s Bartow power plant in St. Petersburg. The Florida Public Service Commission upheld an administrative law judge’s recommendation... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
09/1/2020


Decision on Gulf Power Coronavirus Costs Appealed

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Decision on Gulf Power Coronavirus Costs Appealed

The state Office of Public Counsel has gone to the Florida Supreme Court to challenge a regulatory decision that could ultimately help Gulf Power Co. pass along coronavirus-related costs to customers. The Office of Public Counsel, which represents consumers in utility issues, filed a notice of... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
08/31/2020


FMEA Releases Monthly Electric Bill Comparison for July 2020

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FMEA Releases Monthly Electric Bill Comparison for July 2020

FMEA’s Electric Bill Comparison for July 2020 shows the average bills of public power utilities across Florida are $13.50 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 in... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
08/31/2020


Florida Sending Search-and-Rescue Team to Lousiana

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Florida Sending Search-and-Rescue Team to Lousiana

A Florida emergency management search-and-rescue team is heading to Louisiana in anticipation of the landfall of Hurricane Laura. The team of about a dozen people is expected to spend about two weeks, or however long it is needed, working after the storm, Division of Emergency Management spokesman... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
08/27/2020


Florida Public Power Sending Mutual Aid to Louisiana for Restoration Following Hurricane Laura

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Florida Public Power Sending Mutual Aid to Louisiana for Restoration Following Hurricane Laura

The Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) has assembled public power crews from across the state to aid with power restoration efforts in Louisiana following Hurricane Laura, which is slated to make landfall this week as a major hurricane. Approximately 25 public power personnel from... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
08/26/2020


DeSantis Picks La Rosa for PSC

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DeSantis Picks La Rosa for PSC

State Rep. Mike La Rosa, a St. Cloud Republican who faces term limits this year, was named Friday by Gov. Ron DeSantis to serve on the Florida Public Service Commission. DeSantis announced the appointment Friday evening, with La Rosa slated to replace Commissioner Donald Polmann, whose four-year... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
08/24/2020


Energy Connections Virtual Conference

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Energy Connections Virtual Conference

About FMEA is hosting a week-long event delivering cutting edge information to members about improving their daily operations. The virtual conference features webinars and virtual roundtables on transmission and distribution, customer connections, safety, and lineworker training, cybersecurity... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
08/21/2020


Plan for Nuclear Plant Site Approved

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Plan for Nuclear Plant Site Approved

State regulators Tuesday approved a plan aimed at dramatically speeding up the decontamination and restoration of the site of Duke Energy Florida’s shuttered Crystal River nuclear-power plant. The Florida Public Service Commission backed Duke’s plan to enter a $540 million contract... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
08/18/2020


Lawmakers, Polmann on PSC Short List

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Lawmakers, Polmann on PSC Short List

Gov. Ron DeSantis will choose from among three state lawmakers and an incumbent commissioner as he makes his first appointment to the Florida Public Service Commission. Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
08/12/2020