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FMEA Associate Member Spotlight – Michels Corporation

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FMEA Associate Member Spotlight – Michels Corporation

FMEA’s Associate Member Spotlight of the Month for July is on Michels Corporation (https://www.michels.us/) Michels founder Dale Michels believed he could build a successful company by hiring the best people, giving them the best equipment and letting them figure out the rest. The strategy... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
07/1/2019


FMEA Statement Regarding Enhanced Public Power Customer Protection

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FMEA Statement Regarding Enhanced Public Power Customer Protection

Statement By: Amy Zubaly, Executive Director, Florida Municipal Electric Association Regarding Enhanced Public Power Customer Protection “Going into effect today is an important public power consumer protection bill (HB 591), which prevents third parties from gaining real-time access to... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
07/1/2019


DeSantis Signs Undergrounding Bill

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DeSantis Signs Undergrounding Bill

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday signed a bill that could lead to more underground power lines in hurricane-vulnerable Florida and vetoed two measures that would have imposed health care-related fees. The bill dealing with power lines (SB 796) came after millions of residents and businesses lost... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
06/28/2019


Hearing Sought on Major FPL Solar Plan

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Hearing Sought on Major FPL Solar Plan

Pointing to the “extraordinary size of the program,” the state Office of Public Counsel is asking regulators to hold a detailed hearing about a Florida Power & Light proposal that includes adding 20 solar-power plants. The Office of Public Counsel, which represents consumers in... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
06/28/2019


Leesburg Welcomes New Electric Director

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Leesburg Welcomes New Electric Director

The City of Leesburg is excited to introduce Mr. Brad Chase as the new Leesburg Electric director. Mr. Chase’s first day with the City will be August 5, 2019. With significant experience in the Florida municipal electric industry, Mr. Chase’s background will complement Leesburg... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
06/28/2019


It’s a Solar-bration: KUA Unveils Solar Energy Education Trailer

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It’s a Solar-bration: KUA Unveils Solar Energy Education Trailer

Kissimmee Utility Authority has unveiled a solar energy demonstration trailer to educate utility customers and students on solar energy production and battery storage, as well as energy conservation measures. Dubbed the “SunCatcher,” the towable trailer features an expanding solar... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
06/27/2019


OUC Aids Artificial Reef Project off Coast of St. Lucie County

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OUC Aids Artificial Reef Project off Coast of St. Lucie County

Utility’s Donation of 200 Tons of Concrete Blocks Helps Create Marine Habitat ** Video & Photos of Ship Sinking Are Available at https://we.tl/t-PKNGezVPmq ** ORLANDO – OUC’s contribution to an artificial reef project – more than 400,000 pounds of concrete blocks... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
06/26/2019


Florida Public Power Utilities Snap Demand Records with Hot Weather

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Florida Public Power Utilities Snap Demand Records with Hot Weather

Florida public power utilities Kissimmee Utility Authority and Orlando Utilities Commission reported that they set new power demand records this week with the arrival of soaring temperatures in the state. With temperatures soaring into the high 90s, a new all-time electric demand was set by OUC... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
06/26/2019


OUC Customers Set All-Time Power Use Record Monday

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OUC Customers Set All-Time Power Use Record Monday

With temperatures soaring into the high 90s, a new all-time electric demand was set by OUC customers on Monday (June 24) at 5:04 p.m. – the most power ever used at one moment in the company’s 96-year history. Air conditioners working to cool homes and offices pushed demand by OUC... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
06/25/2019


Heat Wave Prompts Record-Breaking Electricity Use in Kissimmee

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Heat Wave Prompts Record-Breaking Electricity Use in Kissimmee

For the second time in a month, Kissimmee residents have set a new all-time record for electricity use. Kissimmee Utility Authority recorded an instantaneous system peak of 388.8 megawatts (MW) at 4:37 p.m. Monday, eclipsing the previous record of 380.8 MW set on May 28. Monday’s... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
06/25/2019


Underground Power Lines Bill Goes to DeSantis

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Underground Power Lines Bill Goes to DeSantis

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday formally received a bill that could lead to an expansion of underground power lines in Florida, with supporters touting the measure as a way to help reduce electricity outages after hurricanes. A key part of the bill (SB 796) would change the way underground... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
06/25/2019


Utility Ballot Measure Sparks Battle

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Utility Ballot Measure Sparks Battle

State leaders and powerful business groups are trying to kill a proposed constitutional amendment that would lead to major changes in the way Floridians get electricity. Opponents, including Attorney General Ashley Moody, legislative leaders, business groups and utilities, filed 13 briefs late... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
06/24/2019