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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


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


JEA Board Names Retiree Paul McElroy Interim CEO/Managing Director

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JEA Board Names Retiree Paul McElroy Interim CEO/Managing Director

Former CEO and Managing Director to guide utility as board undertakes national search Yesterday, the JEA Board of Directors appointed former CEO and Managing Director Paul McElroy as the utility’s Interim CEO and Managing Director, effective May 11, 2020. Mr. McElroy will lead the... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
05/6/2020


FMEA Releases Monthly Electric Bill Comparison for March 2020

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FMEA Releases Monthly Electric Bill Comparison for March 2020

FMEA’s Electric Bill Comparison for March 2020 shows the average bills of public power utilities across Florida are $18.65 less than the average bills for investor-owned utilities per 1,000 kWh. Overall, out of fifteen ranked categories; the City of Starke reported the lowest bills in seven... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
05/4/2020


FMEA would like to welcome our newest Associate Member: Equix Energy Services, LLC

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FMEA would like to welcome our newest Associate Member: Equix Energy Services, LLC

Please always remember the companies who support FMEA and the Florida Public Power community first when you need to purchase goods or services! RAW Construction, LLC was renamed Equix Energy Services, LLC to better reflect its work and alignment with other companies in the burgeoning Equix, Inc.... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
05/4/2020


FMEA Associate Member Spotlight – Geosyntec Consultants

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FMEA Associate Member Spotlight – Geosyntec Consultants

FMEA’s Associate Member Spotlight of the month for May is on Geosyntec Consultants Geosyntec is a consulting and engineering firm that works with private and public sector clients to address new ventures and complex problems involving our environment, natural resources, and civil... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
05/4/2020


FMEA Update on Governor DeSantis’ Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step plan for Florida's Recovery

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FMEA Update on Governor DeSantis’ Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step plan for Florida's Recovery

In a highly anticipated press conference Wednesday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis presented Phase One of his Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery, which starts Monday, May 4. Phase One applies to all counties within Florida except for COVID-19 hot spots Miami-Dade, Broward... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
04/30/2020