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‘Kissimmee Round-Up’ Program Tops 4,000 Subscribers

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‘Kissimmee Round-Up’ Program Tops 4,000 Subscribers

The Kissimmee Utility Authority this week enrolled its 4,000th customer in the utility’s Kissimmee Round-Up program. Launched by the utility in 2013, the program gathers voluntary contributions from participating customers by “rounding up” their monthly bills to the next dollar.... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
03/11/2020


Florida Municipal Electric Association Celebrates 20th Annual Florida Lineman Competition this Week

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Florida Municipal Electric Association Celebrates 20th Annual Florida Lineman Competition this Week

Electric lineworkers from across the state will compete in the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) 20th annual Florida Lineman Competition in Tallahassee this Friday and Saturday, March 13 and 14. Lineworkers put their skills to the test by performing tasks they encounter in real-world... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
03/11/2020


Florida Lineman Competition Participants Detail Preparations

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Florida Lineman Competition Participants Detail Preparations

In a recent Q&A with the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA), Dwayne “Goose” Goostree, T&D Operations Manager for Lakeland Electric and a chief event judge for the FMEA’s 2020 Florida Lineman Competition, as well as Chris Kitting, a Kissimmee Utility Authority... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
03/9/2020


Court Backs Solar Groups in Petition Feud

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Court Backs Solar Groups in Petition Feud

By Jim Saunders Four years after the demise of their proposal, backers of a controversial solar-energy ballot initiative could get a payday.A federal appeals court Tuesday upheld an arbitration award to the groups Floridians for Solar Choice and the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy in a legal... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
03/4/2020


Major FPL Solar Plan Gets State Approval

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Major FPL Solar Plan Gets State Approval

Pointing to issues such as expanding renewable energy, state regulators Tuesday approved a $1.8 billion plan by Florida Power & Light to add 20 solar-power plants by the middle of next year. The Florida Public Service Commission’s decision came after its staff recommended rejecting the... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
03/3/2020


FMEA Releases Monthly Bill Comparison for January 2020

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FMEA Releases Monthly Bill Comparison for January 2020

FMEA’s Bill Comparison for January 2020 shows the average bills of public power utilities across Florida are $15.86 less than the average bills for investor-owned utilities per 1,000 kWh. Overall, out of fifteen ranked categories; Lakeland Electric reported the lowest bills in eight... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
03/2/2020


FMEA Associate Member Spotlight – Magellan Advisors

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FMEA Associate Member Spotlight – Magellan Advisors

FMEA’s Associate Member Spotlight of the Month for March is on Magellan Advisors. Magellan provides leading broadband, smart city, information technology and security consulting services to public and private organizations. They are a full spectrum planning and implementation firm that... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
03/2/2020


FMEA welcomes new Associate member – Genics, Inc.

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FMEA welcomes new Associate member – Genics, Inc.

FMEA would like to welcome our new Associate Member: Genics Inc. Please always remember the companies who support FMEA and the Florida Public Power community first when you need to purchase goods or services! Genics Inc. Genics is a Canadian service and manufacturing company located in Edmonton,... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
03/2/2020


Lakeland Electric to Reduce Fuel Charge Next Quarter - Effective April 1, 2020

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Lakeland Electric to Reduce Fuel Charge Next Quarter - Effective April 1, 2020

The Lakeland City Commission voted today to lower the electric fuel charge for Lakeland Electric customers for the next fiscal quarter (April/May/June 2020). After giving a presentation Monday, March 2 at the Utility Committee meeting, staff recommended lowering the fuel charge by $5.75 from... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
03/2/2020


Mayor and City Commissioners Move Tallahassee Closer to 100 Percent Net Renewable Energy

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Mayor and City Commissioners Move Tallahassee Closer to 100 Percent Net Renewable Energy

Tallahassee Becomes First Public Power Utility in Florida to Power All Its City Buildings with Solar Energy Today, Feb. 26, the City of Tallahassee took two bold steps toward its net renewable energy goals. The City Commission unanimously voted to reserve a portion of the solar energy output from... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
02/27/2020


Commissioner Nikki Fried Announces Launch of Florida Advisory Council on Climate & Energy

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Commissioner Nikki Fried Announces Launch of Florida Advisory Council on Climate & Energy

Agriculture Commissioner Nicole “Nikki” Fried announced the launch of the new Florida Advisory Council on Climate & Energy (FACCE). This committee of energy and climate professionals will advise the Commissioner and the Office of Energy in the Florida Department of Agriculture and... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
02/25/2020


Major FPL Solar Plan Sparks Controversy

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Major FPL Solar Plan Sparks Controversy

State regulators are poised to decide whether to approve a controversial $1.8 billion proposal that would lead to Florida Power & Light adding 20 solar-power plants over two years. The Florida Public Service Commission will take up the issue next week after its staff issued a 46-page... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
02/25/2020