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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


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


Regulators Sign Off on Duke and TECO Agreements

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Regulators Sign Off on Duke and TECO Agreements

State regulators signed off on two settlement agreements that include Duke Energy Florida and Tampa Electric Co. using money from federal tax savings to cover the costs of restoring power after Hurricane Irma and other major storms. The settlements, which combine to total $575 million, were... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
05/21/2019


Clint Bullock on Orlando's Renewable Energy

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Clint Bullock on Orlando's Renewable Energy

The latest Florida Chamber Bottom Line features Clint Bullock, Chief Executive Officer of Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC), discussing the innovations that OUC is implementing to help their communities move into the future. “It was an honor to have the mayor on-site to show him some of... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
05/17/2019


FPL Backed by Tax Cuts, Irma Costs

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FPL Backed by Tax Cuts, Irma Costs

State regulators Tuesday approved a plan by Florida Power & Light to use federal tax savings to cover costs of restoring power after Hurricane Irma, despite criticism that the tax money should be used to lower customers’ base electric rates. The decision by the Florida Public Service... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
05/15/2019


Money Keeps Flowing in Energy Ballot Drive

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Money Keeps Flowing in Energy Ballot Drive

With a Florida Supreme Court battle looming this summer, backers of a proposed constitutional amendment to overhaul the state’s electric industry continued spending heavily in April, a new finance report shows. The political committee Citizens for Energy Choices spent $252,000 during the... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
05/14/2019


Gulf Power Gets OK to Collect Storm Costs

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Gulf Power Gets OK to Collect Storm Costs

Seven months after Hurricane Michael knocked out electricity for tens of thousands of Panhandle residents, the Florida Public Service Commission on Tuesday approved allowing Gulf Power to recoup an estimated $342 million in storm-related costs. The Pensacola-based utility will collect the money... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
05/14/2019