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FMEA Associate Member Spotlight – Irby

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FMEA Associate Member Spotlight – Irby

FMEA’s Associate Member Spotlight of the month for June is on Irby. In the earliest days of the electrical age, a young company set out with the vision of helping build the infrastructure that would bring electricity to the rural South. That company was Irby. Today, Irby is setting out with... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
06/1/2020


FMEA would like to welcome our newest Associate Member: Hull's Environmental Services, Inc.

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FMEA would like to welcome our newest Associate Member: Hull's Environmental Services, Inc.

Please always remember the companies who support FMEA and the Florida Public Power community first when you need to purchase goods or services! Hull's Environmental Services, Inc. Founded in 1983, Hull's Environmental Services, Inc. began serving the oil field industry by providing offloading at... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
06/1/2020


FMEA Releases Monthly Electric Bill Comparison for April 2020

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FMEA Releases Monthly Electric Bill Comparison for April 2020

FMEA’s Electric Bill Comparison for April 2020 shows the average bills of public power utilities across Florida are $21.19 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 in... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
06/1/2020


Hurricane Season Collides with Coronavirus

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Hurricane Season Collides with Coronavirus

By Jim Turner With the six-month Atlantic hurricane season starting Monday, emergency-management officials have changed how Florida will respond to storms as they grapple with the coronavirus pandemic. Disaster managers, already working long days because of the pandemic, have modified hurricane... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
05/27/2020


Hurricane Prep Tax 'Holiday' Begins Friday

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Hurricane Prep Tax 'Holiday' Begins Friday

By Jim Saunders Starting Friday, shoppers in Florida emerging from coronavirus stay-at-home orders can avoid paying sales taxes while putting together disaster-preparation stockpiles for the 2020 hurricane season.In addition to helping residents buy everything from coolers to generators, Florida... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
05/26/2020


Utility Sees Unpaid Bills, Virus Protection Costs

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Utility Sees Unpaid Bills, Virus Protection Costs

By Jim Saunders With customers losing jobs and employees facing health threats, Gulf Power saw a drop in payments for electric service in April as it also spent money to try to prevent the spread of COVID-19, a regulatory filing shows. Gulf, the largest utility in Northwest Florida, said it... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
05/26/2020


COVID-19 Adds to Hurricane Response Costs

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COVID-19 Adds to Hurricane Response Costs

By Jim Turner Restoring electricity after hurricanes this year would have added costs because of coronavirus physical-distancing requirements, utility officials told the Florida Public Service Commission on Tuesday. Plans are underway to establish more staging areas to reduce crowds of relief... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
05/20/2020


Court Backs FPL in Irma Nursing Home Case

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Court Backs FPL in Irma Nursing Home Case

By Jim Saunders A state appeals court Wednesday rejected a lawsuit that alleged negligence by Florida Power & Light when residents of a Broward County nursing home were stuck in sweltering conditions after Hurricane Irma in 2017. A three-judge panel upheld a circuit court decision that... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
05/20/2020


FPUA Offers Plan to Assist Commercial Customers Affected by COVID-19 Crisis

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FPUA Offers Plan to Assist Commercial Customers Affected by COVID-19 Crisis

FPUA has implemented multiple measures to help our customers during this crisis such as suspending disconnections and waiving penalty and late fees for all of our customers. Additionally, the FPUA Board approved reducing the Power Cost Adjustment by $2.00 until further notice. We understand these... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
05/20/2020


FPUA Sponsorship Assists Customers Affected by COVID-19 Crisis

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FPUA Sponsorship Assists Customers Affected by COVID-19 Crisis

Fort Pierce Utilities Authority (FPUA) has established the Project Care COVID-19 Relief Fund with a sponsorship in the amount of $100,000, to assist customers most affected by the COVID-19 Crisis with payment of their utility bill. FPUA is partnering with Mustard Seed Ministries and ALPI (The... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
05/19/2020


Lakeland Electric Offers Coronavirus Payment Plan

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Lakeland Electric Offers Coronavirus Payment Plan

Lakeland Electric is offering a special payment plan for all customers following the lifting of Governor Ron DeSantis’ Safer at Home order. Customers who call to set up the payment plan will have up to six months to pay their outstanding utility bills. Among other actions, Lakeland Electric... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
05/12/2020


Florida Adds COVID-19 into it's Hurricane Preparations

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Florida Adds COVID-19 into it's Hurricane Preparations

By Jim Turner With another expected active hurricane season starting June 1, Florida emergency management officials are taking into account a big new factor: the coronavirus. Division of Emergency Management Director Jared Moskowitz said last week his agency is redeveloping plans about... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
05/11/2020