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Florida Cities Celebrate 25 Years of Savings with Joint Purchasing

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Florida Cities Celebrate 25 Years of Savings with Joint Purchasing

What started 25 years ago as an experiment to save money for municipal electric utilities in Florida continues to flourish today as the Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) celebrates the 25th anniversary of its Joint Purchasing Project. In 1994, Florida’s municipal electric utilities were... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
07/30/2019


FMEA Releases Monthly Bill Comparison for June 2019

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FMEA Releases Monthly Bill Comparison for June 2019

FMEA’s Bill Comparison for June 2019 shows the average bills of public power utilities across Florida are $12.73 less than the average bills for investor-owned utilities per 1,000 kWh. Overall, out of fifteen ranked categories; Lakeland Electric reported the lowest bills in seven... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
07/29/2019


Power Plant Project Gets State Go-Ahead

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Power Plant Project Gets State Go-Ahead

Over the objections of environmentalists pushing for alternative energy sources, Gov. Ron DeSantis and two Cabinet members on Thursday approved a Tampa Electric Co. power-plant project in Hillsborough County. With little comment, DeSantis and the Cabinet, acting as the state’s Power Plant... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
07/25/2019


Florida Municipal Electric Association Elects New Officers

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Florida Municipal Electric Association Elects New Officers

As part of its annual meeting in Bonita Springs, the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) elected new officers to preside over the organization’s board of directors. Serving in executive positions on the board are President Mike Poucher, director for Ocala Electric Utility;... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
07/22/2019


Fitch Upgrades Lakeland Electric Financial Rating

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Fitch Upgrades Lakeland Electric Financial Rating

Fitch Ratings has upgraded the financial rating of Lakeland Electric revenue bonds to AA from AA. In their commentary, Fitch cited Lakeland Electric’s improved financial performance and continued deleveraging. They also commented upon Lakeland Electric’s strong operating risk profile,... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
07/22/2019


Power Plant Plan Draws Fire from Environmentalists

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Power Plant Plan Draws Fire from Environmentalists

Sierra Club Florida is pressing forward with concerns about greenhouse-gas emissions as Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida Cabinet prepare this week to consider approving a Tampa Electric Co. power-plant project. The Sierra Club, which wants alternative energy sources such as solar power, disagrees... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
07/22/2019


Fight Over FPL Irma Costs, Tax Cuts Continues

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Fight Over FPL Irma Costs, Tax Cuts Continues

A fierce debate about Florida Power & Light’s plan to use federal tax savings to cover costs of restoring electricity after Hurricane Irma is headed to the state Supreme Court. The state Office of Public Counsel, which represents consumers in utility issues, filed a notice this week that... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
07/12/2019


Regulators Sign-off on FPL's Irma Costs

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Regulators Sign-off on FPL's Irma Costs

Utility regulators on Tuesday signed-off on a $1.3 billion agreement involving Florida Power & Light’s costs for restoring electricity after Hurricane Irma plowed through the state in 2017. The Florida Public Service Commission approved the settlement between FPL, the state Office of... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
07/10/2019


Regulators to Hold Hearing on FPL Solar Plan

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Regulators to Hold Hearing on FPL Solar Plan

After receiving a request from the state Office of Public Counsel, regulators will hold a full hearing in October on a major solar-energy proposal by Florida Power & Light. The state Public Service Commission posted an order Friday that said an administrative hearing will be held Oct. 15 and... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
07/8/2019


FPL Objects to Hearing Request on Solar Program

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FPL Objects to Hearing Request on Solar Program

Calling arguments by the state Office of Public Counsel “premature, unnecessary and baseless,” Florida Power & Light is asking regulators to deny a request for an administrative hearing on a proposal that includes adding 20 solar-power plants. The Office of Public Counsel, which... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
07/5/2019


FMEA Welcomes Newest Associate Member – July

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FMEA Welcomes Newest Associate Member – July

FMEA would like to acknowledge our newest Associate Members: Cindy Miller, LLC and Picket and Associates, Inc. Please always remember the companies who support FMEA and the Florida Public Power community first when you need to purchase goods or service Cindy Miller, LLC After 30 years as an... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
07/1/2019


TECO Seeks Approval for Solar Projects

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TECO Seeks Approval for Solar Projects

Tampa Electric Co. is asking state regulators to approve adding two solar-power projects in Hillsborough County that would start producing electricity by Jan. 1. The utility filed a proposal Friday at the Florida Public Service Commission to add a 74.8-megawatt solar project on 500 acres of... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
07/1/2019