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Florida Public Power Leaders Receive National Awards - 2019

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Florida Public Power Leaders Receive National Awards - 2019

~Awards recognize contributions to electric utility industry and public power~ Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) and Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) today announced three Florida public power leaders were honored with American Public Power... Continue Reading

by Sheila Hill
06/11/2019


Regulators SIgn Off on Duke Hurricane Costs

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Regulators SIgn Off on Duke Hurricane Costs

With little discussion, the state Public Service Commission approved an agreement that will allow Duke Energy Florida to use savings from a 2017 federal tax overhaul to cover Hurricane Michael power-restoration costs. The agreement will shield Duke customers from having extra charges tacked onto... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
06/11/2019


Money, Signatures Mount for Energy Amendment

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Money, Signatures Mount for Energy Amendment

With an additional $420,000 contributed in May, backers of a proposed constitutional amendment that would revamp Florida’s electric utility industry have topped 300,000 petition signatures, according to the state Division of Elections website. The political committee Citizens for Energy... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
06/10/2019


Commission Delays Case on FPL Irma Costs

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Commission Delays Case on FPL Irma Costs

After Florida Power & Light and the state Office of Public Counsel reached a proposed settlement last week, regulators will delay taking up a case about the utility’s costs to restore power after Hurricane Irma. FPL and the Office of Public Counsel, which represents consumers in utility... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
06/10/2019


Florida Power & Light and Office of Public Counsel Reach Agreement

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Florida Power & Light and Office of Public Counsel Reach Agreement

Florida Power & Light and the state advocate for utility customers have reached agreement on about $1.3 billion in costs to restore electricity after Hurricane Irma --- and on a system to better track expenses when major storms hit in the future. The agreement between FPL and the state Office... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
06/7/2019


Gov. DeSantis Signs 38 Bills into Law

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Gov. DeSantis Signs 38 Bills into Law

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday signed 38 bills, including a controversial measure that will make it harder for groups and citizens to put proposed constitutional amendments on the ballot. Lawmakers passed the measure (HB 5) amid petition drives designed to place a series of issues on the November... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
06/7/2019


Lakeland Electric Fuel Charge Decreased for Next Quarter

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Lakeland Electric Fuel Charge Decreased for Next Quarter

The Lakeland City Commission voted to lower the electric fuel charge for Lakeland Electric customers for the next fiscal quarter (July/Aug./Sept. - 2019). After giving a presentation at the Monday, June 3rd Utility Committee meeting, staff recommended lowering the fuel charge by $1.00 from $37.50... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
06/5/2019


FMEA Associate Member Spotlight – Airborne Response

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FMEA Associate Member Spotlight – Airborne Response

FMEA’s Associate Member Spotlight of the Month for June is on Airborne Response. (www.airborneresponse.com/) Airborne Response provides professional-grade UAS services and training for public safety, disaster response, and complex industrial missions. Utilizing new unmanned aircraft... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
06/3/2019


TECO Power Plant Project Backed

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TECO Power Plant Project Backed

An administrative law judge Thursday recommended a key approval for a Tampa Electric Co. power-plant project that includes shifting to a greater use of natural gas to generate electricity. Judge Francine M. Ffolkes issued an 88-page recommended order that said Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
05/31/2019


Regulators Urged to Approve Duke Storm Plan

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Regulators Urged to Approve Duke Storm Plan

The state Public Service Commission should approve a proposal that would lead to Duke Energy Florida using $223.5 million in federal tax savings to pay costs related to Hurricane Michael and to replenish a storm reserve, commission staff members recommended Thursday. The commission is... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
05/31/2019


Kissimmee Sets All-Time Record for Electricity Usage

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Kissimmee Sets All-Time Record for Electricity Usage

Kissimmee residents used more electricity Tuesday than at any other time in the utility’s 118-year history, thanks to scorching temperatures and triple-digit heat indexes that had air conditioners working overtime. Kissimmee Utility Authority recorded an instantaneous system peak of 380.8... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
05/29/2019


FMEA Releases Monthly Bill Comparison for April 2019

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FMEA Releases Monthly Bill Comparison for April 2019

FMEA’s Bill Comparison for April 2019 shows the average bills of public power utilities across Florida are $12.91 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
05/28/2019