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FPL Outlines Plan for Base Rate Increases

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FPL Outlines Plan for Base Rate Increases

By Jim Saunders Florida Power & Light on Monday took an initial step toward seeking approval of a four-year rate plan that would increase the amount of money customers pay and finish melding FPL with Gulf Power. FPL made a filing at the state Public Service Commission that outlines a... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
01/11/2021


Regulators Approve Duke Energy Solar Plans

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Regulators Approve Duke Energy Solar Plans

State utility regulators on Tuesday backed plans by Duke Energy Florida to build 10 solar plants over the next four years, despite some concerns about size and costs. In a 4-1 vote, the Public Service Commission supported Duke Energy’s “Clean Energy Connection Program” that will... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
01/5/2021


Lakeland Electric Announces Target Date to Shutter Coal-Powered Generator

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Lakeland Electric Announces Target Date to Shutter Coal-Powered Generator

Lakeland Electric announces a target date of March 31, 2021, to shutter the utility's coal-powered generator, McIntosh Unit 3. "This was a difficult decision to make, but in the end, there was a compelling business case to shutter the unit this spring," said Joel Ivy, General Manager of Lakeland... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
01/4/2021


FPL Backed on Vehicle Charging, Small Business Plans

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FPL Backed on Vehicle Charging, Small Business Plans

By Jim Saunders State regulators Tuesday approved a Florida Power & Light pilot program aimed at adding electric-vehicle charging stations, while also signing off on an FPL plan that will offer help with electric bills to some small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. The approval by... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
12/2/2020


FPL Vehicle Charging Plan Gets Backing

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FPL Vehicle Charging Plan Gets Backing

By News Service of Florida SaffThe state Public Service Commission next week should approve a Florida Power & Light proposal that would lead to more vehicle-charging stations, commission staff members recommended Friday. FPL in June filed the proposal to create a five-year pilot program for... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
11/23/2020


Meter Data Ops Named Award Finalist

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Meter Data Ops Named Award Finalist

OUC’s Meter Data Operations (MDO) unit is in the running for the 2020 UAI Excellence Award for Best Innovative Utility Analytics Team. Part of the Meter Services department, the MDO team led by Dawn Frye, Manager, gained a finalist spot based on its planning and deployment of the Meter Data... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
11/12/2020


Hurricane to Cost Gulf Customers, Snuff Out Coal

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Hurricane to Cost Gulf Customers, Snuff Out Coal

By Jim Saunders First there was Michael. Then came Sally. And that means hundreds of thousands of Northwest Florida residents will continue in the coming years to see extra charges tacked onto their electric bills to pay the costs of restoring power after Hurricane Michael and Hurricane Sally... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
11/11/2020


Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure: Phase 2 Now Open

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Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure: Phase 2 Now Open

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection announced a second and final competitive grant funding opportunity for electric vehicle charging infrastructure (EVCI) using funds from the Volkswagen Settlement. Funds are available for Level 3 (DC fast) charging near interstate highways I-10,... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
11/11/2020


Regulators Poised to Consider Duke Solar Expansion

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Regulators Poised to Consider Duke Solar Expansion

As utilities continue moving forward with plans to expand solar energy, state regulators next week will take up a Duke Energy Florida proposal that would add 10 solar plants in the coming years.But like a similar plan approved this year for Florida Power & Light, the Duke proposal has drawn... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
11/10/2020


JEA Selects Jay Stowe to be Managing Director and CEO

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JEA Selects Jay Stowe to be Managing Director and CEO

The JEA board of directors selected Jay Stowe to be the utility’s new Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Contract negotiations between Stowe and JEA will now commence. Stowe’s selection is the culmination of a five-month search process led by the board, which... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
11/6/2020


Gulf Offers Break to Customers Hit By Pandemic

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Gulf Offers Break to Customers Hit By Pandemic

Gulf Power will give a break to some customers who are behind on their electricity bills because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Northwest Florida utility said Tuesday that residential and small-business customers might be eligible for bill credits up to $200. To qualify, customers would have to... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
11/3/2020


Regulators Back TECO Solar Project

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Regulators Back TECO Solar Project

State regulators Tuesday approved a plan by Tampa Electric Co. to add a solar-energy project in Polk County, the fourth phase in an effort by the utility to build solar facilities. The Florida Public Service Commission signed off on what is known as the Durrance solar project, which is slated for... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
11/3/2020