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FPL Parent Finishes Deal to Buy Gulf Power

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FPL Parent Finishes Deal to Buy Gulf Power

Gulf Power, the largest electric utility in Northwest Florida, starts 2019 with a new owner. NextEra Energy Inc., the parent company of Florida Power & Light, announced early Tuesday that it has finished an earlier-announced deal to purchase Gulf Power from the Atlanta-based Southern Company.... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
01/2/2019


Ballot Proposal Would Revamp Utility Industry

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Ballot Proposal Would Revamp Utility Industry

A political committee has spent nearly $400,000 in recent months and submitted 33,863 valid petition signatures as it tries to get a measure on the 2020 ballot that would revamp Florida’s electric utility industry. The proposal, backed by a committee called Citizens for Energy Choices,... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
12/30/2018


FPL Fires Back in Dispute Over Refund, Rates

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FPL Fires Back in Dispute Over Refund, Rates

Describing the case as “specious, legally and factually baseless,” Florida Power & Light has asked state regulators to reject a petition that seeks to force the utility to refund as much as $736 million to customers and reduce base electric rates. The state Office of Public... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
12/26/2018


OUC to Consider New Technologies Under Resource Plan

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OUC to Consider New Technologies Under Resource Plan

he board of the Orlando Utilities Commission on Dec. 11 approved the creation of an Electric Integrated Resource Plan that calls for a review of the utility’s generation needs in light of the growing penetration of distributed energy resources, such as solar power, and a call to move to 100%... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
12/17/2018


FPL Finishes Deal for Vero Beach Utility

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FPL Finishes Deal for Vero Beach Utility

After years of debate and negotiations, Florida Power & Light said Monday it has completed a $185 million deal to acquire the city of Vero Beach’s electric utility. FPL said it will provide service to about 35,000 customers in Vero Beach and other areas of Indian River County. The state... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
12/17/2018


Moody’s maintains stable outlook for public power in 2019

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Moody’s maintains stable outlook for public power in 2019

Moody’s Investors Service on Dec. 6 said that it is maintaining its stable outlook for the public power electric utility sector for 2019, reflecting the industry’s self-regulated cost recovery mechanisms, sound financial metrics and competitive product. “U.S. public power... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
12/11/2018


Utility Workers Get Protection; Solar Program Extended

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Utility Workers Get Protection; Solar Program Extended

State regulators Tuesday approved proposals that will allow Tampa Electric Co. and Peoples Gas System to disconnect or refuse service to customers who threaten utility workers. The companies, which are part of TECO Energy, requested approval from the Florida Public Service Commission because of... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
12/11/2018


Group Says FPL Should be Required to Refund Money

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Group Says FPL Should be Required to Refund Money

In a high-stakes case, attorneys for consumers and two business groups are asking state regulators to require Florida Power & Light to refund as much as $736 million to customers and are calling for a review of the utility’s base electric rates. The state Office of Public Counsel, which... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
12/6/2018


Scott, Cabinet Sign Off on FPL Power Plant

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Scott, Cabinet Sign Off on FPL Power Plant

Florida Power & Light’s construction of a natural-gas fired power plant in Broward County was backed Friday by Gov. Rick Scott and the state Cabinet over objections from the Sierra Club, which contends the facility will exacerbate climate-change problems. The approval of the new... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
12/3/2018


FMEA Associate Member Spotlight – Downes Associates

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FMEA Associate Member Spotlight – Downes Associates

FMEA’s Associate Member of the month for December is Downes Associates. Since 1968, Downes Associates, Inc. (DAI) provides engineering and management consulting services that truly excel. Through careful planning, development, and execution, they can help utilities make the right decisions... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
12/3/2018


FMEA Welcomes Newest Associate Member – December

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FMEA Welcomes Newest Associate Member – December

FMEA would like to acknowledge our newest Associate Member: Citelum. Welcome to Florida’s public power network! Please always remember the companies who support FMEA and the Florida Public Power community first when you need to purchase goods or services! New lighting technologies allow... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
12/3/2018


JEA Board of Directors Names Zahn New CEO

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JEA Board of Directors Names Zahn New CEO

The JEA Board of Directors named Aaron Zahn Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Managing Director. Zahn has served as Interim CEO and Managing Director since April, 2018, when the Board of Directors voted to appoint him to lead the Authority until a permanent CEO was selected. Prior to coming to... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
11/28/2018