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FPL Storm Costs, Tax Cuts Spark Debate

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FPL Storm Costs, Tax Cuts Spark Debate

After more than an hour of arguments Tuesday, state regulators next month will decide a high-stakes battle stemming from Florida Power & Light’s costs to restore power after Hurricane Irma and a federal tax overhaul that has saved the utility hundreds of millions of dollars. The state... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
04/17/2019


Regulators Sign Off on Duke Solar Projects

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Regulators Sign Off on Duke Solar Projects

State regulators Tuesday approved a plan by Duke Energy Florida to recoup money from customers for two solar power plants in Columbia and Hamilton counties. Duke sought approval from the state Public Service Commission to collect about $29.2 million a year for the 74.9-megawatt facilities in the... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
04/3/2019


Lawmakers Moving Forward with Regulatory Changes Regarding Underground Power Lines

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Lawmakers Moving Forward with Regulatory Changes Regarding Underground Power Lines

After hurricanes during the past three years knocked out electricity for millions of Floridians, lawmakers are moving forward with regulatory changes that could lead to more underground power lines. But it would come at a cost. A House panel approved a bill (HB 797) that would create a new process... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
04/2/2019


PSC Members Breeze Though Confirmnation Hearing

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PSC Members Breeze Though Confirmnation Hearing

With no questions, the Senate Innovation, Industry and Technology Committee supported the confirmations of Florida Public Service Commission members Julie Brown and Gary Clark. Brown, a Tampa attorney, has served on the utility-regulatory panel since 2011 and was reappointed in August by... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
04/2/2019


Kissimmee Linemen Lasso 2 Trophies at National Rodeo

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Kissimmee Linemen Lasso 2 Trophies at National Rodeo

Kissimmee Utility Authority linemen brought home high marks and two trophies from Saturday’s Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo in Colorado Springs, Colorado -- the Super Bowl of electric linemen. Hosted by the American Public Power Association, the rodeo attracted 78 teams and 130 apprentices... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
04/1/2019


FMEA Releases Monthly Bill Comparison for February 2019

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FMEA Releases Monthly Bill Comparison for February 2019

FMEA’s Bill Comparison for February 2019 shows the average bills of public power utilities across Florida are $12.51 less than the average bills for investor-owned utilities per 1,000 kWh. Overall, out of fifteen ranked categories; the City of Mount Dora had the lowest bills in nine... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
03/29/2019


FMEA Welcomes Newest Associate Member – April

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FMEA Welcomes Newest Associate Member – April

FMEA would like to acknowledge our newest Associate Member Second Sight Systems. Please always remember the companies who support FMEA and the Florida Public Power community first when you need to purchase goods or services! Rick Harvey and Mike Alcorn founded Second Sight Systems in 1999 with... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
03/29/2019


FMEA Associate Member Spotlight – Leidos

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FMEA Associate Member Spotlight – Leidos

FMEA’s Associate Member Spotlight of the Month for April is on Leidos. (www.leidos.com) In 1969, with a few dollars and a good idea, visionary scientist J. Robert Beyster, Ph.D. founded SAIC, the company that evolved into Leidos. For decades, Leidos has helped utilities evolve in the... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
03/29/2019


FPL Plans 'Mega' Solar Battery Facility

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FPL Plans 'Mega' Solar Battery Facility

In what the company said will be the largest system of its type in the world, Florida Power & Light announced plans to build a battery facility in Manatee County that will store solar-generated energy. The facility, which is expected to start operating in late 2021, will be charged by an... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
03/28/2019


Duke Plans Three More Solar Projects

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Duke Plans Three More Solar Projects

Duke Energy Florida has filed a proposal with the state Public Service Commission seeking to pass along costs to customers for three solar-power projects in Gilchrist, Highlands and Volusia counties. The filing Monday is an outgrowth of a 2017 base-rate settlement that allows Duke to recover... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
03/26/2019


Kissimmee Linemen to Compete in National Lineworker Rodeo in Colorado

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Kissimmee Linemen to Compete in National Lineworker Rodeo in Colorado

Seven linemen from Kissimmee Utility Authority will travel to Colorado Springs, Colorado this week to compete in Saturday’s 2019 Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo. Hosted by the American Public Power Association, the annual event attracts top linemen from utilities across the United States to... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
03/25/2019


Gulf Power Seeks Delay in Recouping Storm Costs

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Gulf Power Seeks Delay in Recouping Storm Costs

Gulf Power wants to wait a few more months before starting to collect money from customers to cover costs related to Hurricane Michael. The Pensacola-based utility last week filed a request at the Florida Public Service Commission indicating that it wants to begin recouping the money in July,... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
03/18/2019