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PSC Signs Off on TECO Solar Projects

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PSC Signs Off on TECO Solar Projects

Tampa Electric Co. received state approval Thursday for two large solar-power projects in Hillsborough County, part of a multi-year plan to build solar facilities. The Florida Public Service Commission signed off on a 74.8-megawatt project and a 74.5-megawatt project, with both expected to begin... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
10/18/2019


OUC Unveils Avian Protection Exhibit at Audubon Site

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OUC Unveils Avian Protection Exhibit at Audubon Site

Display showcases how OUC protects bald eagles, other raptors from power line interactions The Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC – The Reliable One), in partnership with the Florida Audubon Society, has unveiled an exhibit showcasing how it protects large birds, particularly bald eagles,... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
10/18/2019


RELAY Magazine Fall 2019 • Hurricane Michael: One Year Later

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RELAY Magazine Fall 2019 • Hurricane Michael: One Year Later

Vol 52 - Issue 1 Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
10/14/2019


GOP Lawmakers Focus on Climate Change

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GOP Lawmakers Focus on Climate Change

Florida lawmakers Monday dug into issues involving climate change and greenhouse gas emissions, phrases mostly kept under wraps by state Republican leaders before last year’s elections. Senate Infrastructure and Security Chairman Tom Lee, a Thonotosassa Republican and former Senate... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
10/14/2019


OUC Commissioners Approve Plan to Add 149 Megawatts of Solar Power

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OUC Commissioners Approve Plan to Add 149 Megawatts of Solar Power

The Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC – The Reliable One) took a major step today in transitioning to renewable energy resources with the approval of a plan to add 149 megawatts of solar power to OUC’s generation portfolio doubling the utility’s current efforts. The additional... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
10/9/2019


Public Power Communities Receive “Building Strong Communities” Awards

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Public Power Communities Receive “Building Strong Communities” Awards

Fourteen public power utilities today were recognized by the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) with “Building Strong Communities” awards for their efforts to offer their local communities with extra services and programs above and beyond what they normally supply. The... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
10/9/2019


FMEA Associate Member Spotlight – Emerald Transformer

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FMEA Associate Member Spotlight – Emerald Transformer

FMEA’s Associate Member Spotlight of the Month for October is on Emerald Transformer (https://www.emeraldtransformer.com/) For more than 40 years, Emerald Transformer has been an industry leader in managing the entire transformer life cycle. From the production of refurbished transformers... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
10/7/2019


Underground Power Lines Plan Moves Forward

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Underground Power Lines Plan Moves Forward

State regulators moved forward Thursday with a new law aimed at building more underground power lines and making Florida’s electric system better able to withstand punishing hurricanes. The Florida Public Service Commission approved proposed rules to carry out the law, which is expected to... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
10/4/2019


FMEA Celebrates Public Power Benefits During National Public Power Week

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FMEA Celebrates Public Power Benefits During National Public Power Week

In honor of Public Power Week, Oct. 6 – 12, the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) will showcase the benefits and value of public power through the association’s website and social media platforms. Public power offers significant advantages to its communities and the... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
10/4/2019


Fried to Roll Out Climate Change Priorities

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Fried to Roll Out Climate Change Priorities

Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried on Thursday plans to roll out legislative priorities focused on climate change. Warning of greater coastal flooding and more powerful hurricanes, the package will address issues such as renewable energy, farm resilience, climate adaptation, new funding sources... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
10/3/2019


Join FMEA and Florida’s 33 Public Power Communities in Celebrating Public Power

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Join FMEA and Florida’s 33 Public Power Communities in Celebrating Public Power

Public power utilities are: Locally owned, locally controlled and locally operated. Reliable with fewer outages than other electricity providers. Affordable with average monthly bills lower than the average bills of corporate utility providers. Focused on energy efficiency and the... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
10/2/2019


FMEA Releases Monthly Bill Comparison for August 2019

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FMEA Releases Monthly Bill Comparison for August 2019

FMEA’s Bill Comparison for August 2019 shows the average bills of public power utilities across Florida are $15.37 less than the average bills for investor-owned utilities per 1,000 kWh. Overall, out of fifteen ranked categories; Lakeland Electric and the City of Mount Dora reported the... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
09/30/2019