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Battle Continues on Underground Power Line Rules

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Battle Continues on Underground Power Line Rules

Pointing to concerns about the effects on millions of utility customers, the state Office of Public Counsel is continuing to battle proposed rules for carrying out a law that is expected to lead to building more underground power lines in Florida. The Office of Public Counsel, which represents... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
11/1/2019


KUA Wins 3 Excellence in Public Power Communications Awards

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KUA Wins 3 Excellence in Public Power Communications Awards

Kissimmee Utility Authority won three awards in the Excellence in Public Power Communications Awards, a national competition sponsored annually by the American Public Power Association. The winners were announced at the association’s 53rd annual Customer Connections Conference held this week... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
11/1/2019


OUC Sponsors Tennis Programs for Vets, People with Disabilities

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OUC Sponsors Tennis Programs for Vets, People with Disabilities

Offered by U.S. Tennis Association in Lake Nona, Free Clinics Promote Physical Activity OUC — The Reliable One announced today that it is sponsoring the U.S. Tennis Association’s free tennis programs for military veterans and people with disabilities. The USTA’s military tennis... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
10/30/2019


Public Power Utilities Earn Smart Energy Provider Designation

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Public Power Utilities Earn Smart Energy Provider Designation

Sixty-seven public power utilities have earned a Smart Energy Provider (SEP) designation from the American Public Power Association. This is the first year the Association has offered the SEP designation. The designation is given to utilities that demonstrate commitment to and proficiency... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
10/30/2019


Dispute Over FPL Tax Cuts, Irma Costs Dismissed

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Dispute Over FPL Tax Cuts, Irma Costs Dismissed

The state Office of Public Counsel, which represents consumers in utility issues, has dismissed a challenge to a Florida Power & Light plan to use federal tax savings to cover costs of restoring electricity after 2017’s Hurricane Irma. The public counsel’s office on Friday filed a... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
10/28/2019


Court Upholds Part of Verdict Against FPL in Death

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Court Upholds Part of Verdict Against FPL in Death

An appeals court Friday upheld a $12.5 million jury verdict in a Lee County teen’s electrocution death ---- but overturned part of the decision that would have required Florida Power & Light to pay an additional $15 million in punitive damages. The ruling by a panel of the 2nd District... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
10/25/2019


FMPA Credit Rating Upgraded Ahead of Planned Bond Refinancing

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FMPA Credit Rating Upgraded Ahead of Planned Bond Refinancing

Fitch Boosts Rating to AA- Citing Power Agency’s Strong Financial, Operational Results Fitch Ratings announced a credit rating upgrade for the Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) to ‘AA-‘ from ‘A+’ ahead of the Orlando-based power agency’s planned bond... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
10/22/2019


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


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