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KUA Warns Against Viral ‘Outlet Challenge'

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KUA Warns Against Viral ‘Outlet Challenge'

Kissimmee Utility Authority is warning parents of a dangerous viral internet challenge currently circulating on the social media app TikTok. It's called the "outlet challenge," and it involves partially inserting the plug of a cell phone charger into an outlet, then placing a penny onto the... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
01/23/2020


Judge Rejects Challenge on Underground Power Lines

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Judge Rejects Challenge on Underground Power Lines

By Jim Saunders In a victory for state regulators and utilities, an administrative law judge Tuesday rejected a challenge to a plan for carrying out a new law that is expected to lead to more underground power lines in Florida. Judge James H. Peterson III, in a 52-page order, turned down... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
01/21/2020


Short-circuited Utility Measure Tab: $5.75 Million

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Short-circuited Utility Measure Tab: $5.75 Million

By: NSF Staff Backers of overhauling the state’s electric utility industry had raised --- and spent --- about $5.75 million before the Florida Supreme Court blocked their proposed constitutional amendment last week, according to a newly filed finance report. The political committee Citizens... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
01/13/2020


Justices Block Proposal to Overhual Utility Industry

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Justices Block Proposal to Overhual Utility Industry

By Jim Saunders The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously rejected a proposed constitutional amendment that would have overhauled and deregulated the state’s electric-utility industry, saying part of the proposal’s wording would mislead voters. The ruling was a victory for... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
01/9/2020


Utility Ballot Measure Tops 600,000 Signatures

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Utility Ballot Measure Tops 600,000 Signatures

By News Service of Florida Staff Backers of a proposed constitutional amendment that would overhaul Florida’s electric-utility industry continue to move closer to a key threshold for getting the issue on the November 2020 ballot. As of early Thursday afternoon, the state Division of... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
01/6/2020


FMEA Associate Member Spotlight – MasTec North America

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FMEA Associate Member Spotlight – MasTec North America

FMEA’s Associate Member Spotlight of the Month for January is on MasTec North America (www.mastec.com) MasTec companies have been involved in some of the largest and most complex infrastructure construction projects across the country. Their experience has given them a deep and... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
01/6/2020


FMEA Releases Monthly Bill Comparison for November 2019

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FMEA Releases Monthly Bill Comparison for November 2019

FMEA’s Bill Comparison for November 2019 shows the average bills of public power utilities across Florida are $16.57 less than the average bills for investor-owned utilities per 1,000 kWh. Overall, out of fifteen ranked categories; the Town of Havana reported the lowest bills in eleven... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
01/6/2020


Duke Seeks $171 Million to Cover Doiran Costs

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Duke Seeks $171 Million to Cover Doiran Costs

By Jim Saunders More than three months after Hurricane Dorian gave the state a major scare, Duke Energy Florida on Thursday asked regulators to approve collecting $171 million from customers for costs stemming from Dorian and a much-smaller tropical storm. The Category 5 Dorian, which devastated... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
12/20/2019


Field Service Specialist Honored as KUA Employee of the Year

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Field Service Specialist Honored as KUA Employee of the Year

Field service specialist Michelle Daughtrey has been named Kissimmee Utility Authority’s 2019 employee of the year. The award recognizes and rewards exemplary performance by a KUA employee based on performance of their responsibilities as outlined in their job description and on their... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
12/19/2019


FMEA Announces “Florida Public Power: Lighting Up the Holidays” Social Media Campaign

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FMEA Announces “Florida Public Power: Lighting Up the Holidays” Social Media Campaign

The Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) launched its “Florida Public Power: Lighting Up the Holidays” social media campaign, which showcases how public power utilities are committed to the communities and customers they serve during the holiday season. For the remainder of... Continue Reading

12/19/2019


More Charging Stations Sought

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More Charging Stations Sought

State Rep. Dan Daley, D-Coral Springs, has filed a bill aimed at increasing the number of electric vehicle charging stations in the state, similar to a Senate proposal that started moving forward last week. Daley’s proposal (HB 943) seeks a master plan for electric vehicle charging stations... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
12/17/2019


Florida Municipal Utilities Announce Second Solar Power Project

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Florida Municipal Utilities Announce Second Solar Power Project

Project expansion adds 600,000 solar panels for a total of 1.5 million panels by 2023 Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA), in partnership with 12 municipal electric utilities and Origis Energy, today announced plans to expand the Florida Municipal Solar Project by adding 149 megawatts, or 66%... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
12/12/2019