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FMEA Associate Member Spotlight – Spiegel & McDiarmid

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FMEA Associate Member Spotlight – Spiegel & McDiarmid

FMEA’s Associate Member of the month for July is Spiegel & McDiarmid Spiegel & McDiarmid currently serves more than 500 clients throughout the United States and represents the public-sector side of the energy, telecommunications, and aviation industries. They fight to promote... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
07/6/2020


FMEA would like to welcome our newest Associate Member: Enercon

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FMEA would like to welcome our newest Associate Member: Enercon

Please always remember the companies who support FMEA and the Florida Public Power community first when you need to purchase goods or services Enercon Services, Inc. ENERCON is a multi-disciplinary engineering and environmental firm focused on empowering our people and partnering with our... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
07/6/2020


FPL Points to $240 Million in Hurricane Dorian Costs

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FPL Points to $240 Million in Hurricane Dorian Costs

By Jim Saunders As powerful Hurricane Dorian threatened to crash into the state’s East Coast last September, Florida Power & Light brought in crews and took other steps to prepare for potentially massive electricity outages. But Florida caught a big break: Dorian veered north, never... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
07/2/2020


Major Solar Energy Project Begins Operation in Central Florida

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Major Solar Energy Project Begins Operation in Central Florida

Six Florida cities receiving clean energy from the first two of five solar farms Two Central Florida solar farms that are part of one of the largest municipal-backed solar projects in the nation are now operational. Harmony Solar Energy Center in St. Cloud and the Taylor Creek Solar Energy Center... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
06/30/2020


Three Outgoing Lawmakers Seek PSC Post

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Three Outgoing Lawmakers Seek PSC Post

By Jim Saunders Three Republican lawmakers who will leave office in November, including former Senate President Tom Lee, have applied for an opening on the Florida Public Service Commission. Lee, Rep. Holly Raschein and Rep. Mike La Rosa were among seven hopefuls who had submitted applications as... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
06/30/2020


Regulators Eye Plan on Utility Pandemic Costs

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Regulators Eye Plan on Utility Pandemic Costs

The Florida Public Service Commission should approve a plan that could lead to Gulf Power Co. eventually recouping coronavirus-related costs from customers, commission staff members have recommended. Gulf, the largest utility in Northwest Florida, said in a filing last month that it received about... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
06/29/2020


JEA Board Approves Plant Scherer Transaction

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JEA Board Approves Plant Scherer Transaction

Today in a special meeting, the JEA Board of Directors unanimously approved a transaction leading to the closure of Plant Scherer, Unit 4, and entering into a 20-year purchase power agreement with Florida Power & Light Company (FPL). JEA and FPL have jointly owned Plant Scherer, Unit 4, an 848... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
06/29/2020


FMEA Releases Monthly Electric Bill Comparison for May 2020

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FMEA Releases Monthly Electric Bill Comparison for May 2020

FMEA’s Electric Bill Comparison for May 2020 shows the average bills of public power utilities across Florida are $14.78 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
06/29/2020


DeSantis Signs Budget, Vetoes $1 Billion

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DeSantis Signs Budget, Vetoes $1 Billion

Pointing to “difficult circumstances,” Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday said he signed a $92.2 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year after vetoing about $1 billion in spending. The large numbers of vetoes came as state revenues plummet because of economic damage caused by the... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
06/29/2020


DeSantis Extends Allowing Remote Local Meetings

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DeSantis Extends Allowing Remote Local Meetings

County and city government boards will be able to continue holding online meetings until Aug. 1 under an executive order signed Tuesday by Gov. Ron DeSantis. The move was an extension of earlier orders and stems from efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Boards, including city councils,... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
06/25/2020


Union Employees Donate to Help Neighbors

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Union Employees Donate to Help Neighbors

JEA employees work around the clock to keep your lights on and water flowing. Now one group, NE Florida United, is stepping up to ensure customers stay connected in a different way. The purpose of NE Florida United (NEFU) is to improve the lives of the working men and women in Northeast Florida. ... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
06/25/2020


TECO Extends Suspension of Disconnects

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TECO Extends Suspension of Disconnects

Tampa Electric Co. and TECO Peoples Gas said Thursday they have extended through July a suspension of service disconnections when customers do not pay bills. The companies, which are subsidiaries of Emera, Inc., initially suspended disconnections in March as the coronavirus hit the state. The... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
06/25/2020