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Florida Municipal Electric Association Wins Communications Award from National Association

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Florida Municipal Electric Association Wins Communications Award from National Association

The Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) was awarded an American Public Power Association Excellence in Public Power Communications Award of Merit in the web and social media category (Class D). FMEA was recognized for their outstanding use of social media to communicate information about... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
11/7/2018


Court Allows FPL Storm Suite to Move Forward

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Court Allows FPL Storm Suite to Move Forward

An appeals court has rejected an attempt by Florida Power & Light to block a class-action lawsuit that alleges the utility did not properly prepare for last year’s Hurricane Irma. FPL argued, in part, that issues related to whether it complied with a storm-hardening plan need to be... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
11/1/2018


Electric Bills Suspended for Hurricane Victims

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Electric Bills Suspended for Hurricane Victims

State regulators moved quickly to approve the suspension of monthly electric bills for customers of two utilities in areas hit hard by Hurricane Michael. The state Public Service Commission approved Duke Energy Florida’s proposal to pause sending bills to customers in Bay, Gulf, Franklin... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
10/31/2018


Regulators Back Deal to Halt Duke Power Purchases

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Regulators Back Deal to Halt Duke Power Purchases

The state Public Service Commission approved a plan that will lead to Duke Energy Florida paying $34.5 million to stop purchasing electricity from a Polk County power plant — with the expectation that the move will ultimately save money for customers. Duke has had an agreement to buy power... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
10/31/2018


Regulators Sign Off on TECO Solar Projects

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Regulators Sign Off on TECO Solar Projects

The Florida Public Service Commission gave a key approval to a Tampa Electric Co. plan that will add five solar-energy projects in Hillsborough and Polk counties. Commissioners approved the utility being able to recoup $46 million from customers for the projects, which are a second phase of a... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
10/30/2018


The Florida Municipal Electric Association Presents Building Strong Communities Awards

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The Florida Municipal Electric Association Presents Building Strong Communities Awards

The Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) recently honored 13 municipal electric utilities with its 2018 Building Strong Communities Award, recognizing each utility for its commitment to enhancing the quality of life in their community. Presented with the awards during FMEA’s annual... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
10/29/2018


City of Tallahassee Joins Florida Municipal Power Agency

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City of Tallahassee Joins Florida Municipal Power Agency

The city of Tallahassee, Fla., has become the 32nd municipal electric utility to join the Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA), an Orlando-based wholesale power agency owned by municipal electric utilities throughout the state. “Municipal electric utilities work together through FMPA to... Continue Reading

10/26/2018


FMPA Power Plants Outperform Industry Average for Reliability

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FMPA Power Plants Outperform Industry Average for Reliability

Maintaining optimum plant performance provides low-cost power for customers For the sixth consecutive year, the Florida Municipal Power Agency’s (FMPA) major power plants outperformed industry averages for reliability, which is key for providing low-cost wholesale electricity to the 13... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
10/23/2018


Power 100 Percent Restored to North Florida Public Power Customers Impacted By Hurricane Michael

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Power 100 Percent Restored to North Florida Public Power Customers Impacted By Hurricane Michael

Less than two weeks following the devastation of nearly Category 5 Hurricane Michael, the strongest hurricane to ever hit the Panhandle region, power has been fully restored to all public power customers who can accept power, reports the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA). At peak,... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
10/23/2018


Special Message from FMEA Executive Director, Amy Zubaly

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Special Message from FMEA Executive Director, Amy Zubaly

On October 10, 2018, the panhandle of Florida was devastated by Hurricane Michael – a strong, Category 4 hurricane with winds at 155 mph (just 2 mph below a Category 5). It was the strongest hurricane on record to ever strike the region, and the fourth strongest (by wind speed) to ever make... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
10/19/2018


OUC Crews Working in Tallahassee

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OUC Crews Working in Tallahassee

In preparation for Hurricane Michael’s expected arrival to North Florida, OUC sent 21 employees and 17 trucks on a mutual aid mission to Tallahassee’s municipal electric utility. As soon as it was safe to begin work early this morning, they were out in the field. The crews include... Continue Reading

10/15/2018


State Offers Crews to Clear Way for Power Restoration

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State Offers Crews to Clear Way for Power Restoration

With power still out to nearly 350,000 utility customers in Northwest Florida after Hurricane Michael, Gov. Rick Scott on Friday said crews continue to be needed to clear roads and rights-of-way for utility workers. “We are doing everything we can to help our utility companies to get the... Continue Reading

10/15/2018