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Utility Hurricane Settlement Approved

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Utility Hurricane Settlement Approved

Nearly two years after Hurricane Michael crushed some rural areas of Northwest Florida, state regulators Monday approved a settlement about Florida Public Utilities Co. recovering storm-related costs from customers. Florida Public Utilities provides electricity in Jackson, Calhoun and Liberty... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
09/21/2020


Decision on Gulf Power Coronavirus Costs Appealed

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Decision on Gulf Power Coronavirus Costs Appealed

The state Office of Public Counsel has gone to the Florida Supreme Court to challenge a regulatory decision that could ultimately help Gulf Power Co. pass along coronavirus-related costs to customers. The Office of Public Counsel, which represents consumers in utility issues, filed a notice of... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
08/31/2020


Florida Sending Search-and-Rescue Team to Lousiana

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Florida Sending Search-and-Rescue Team to Lousiana

A Florida emergency management search-and-rescue team is heading to Louisiana in anticipation of the landfall of Hurricane Laura. The team of about a dozen people is expected to spend about two weeks, or however long it is needed, working after the storm, Division of Emergency Management spokesman... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
08/27/2020


Florida Public Power Sending Mutual Aid to Louisiana for Restoration Following Hurricane Laura

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Florida Public Power Sending Mutual Aid to Louisiana for Restoration Following Hurricane Laura

The Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) has assembled public power crews from across the state to aid with power restoration efforts in Louisiana following Hurricane Laura, which is slated to make landfall this week as a major hurricane. Approximately 25 public power personnel from... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
08/26/2020


Public power utilities restore power in wake of Tropical Storm Isaias

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Public power utilities restore power in wake of Tropical Storm Isaias

Public power utilities on August 4 made steady progress in restoring power in the wake of Tropical Storm Isaias, which made landfall as a hurricane in North Carolina and subsequently became a tropical storm. The Weather Channel on Aug. 4 said that Isaias “will race northward near the... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
08/5/2020


Utilities Expect Outages from Isaias

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Utilities Expect Outages from Isaias

The state’s largest energy providers are warning customers to expect power outages as Hurricane Isaias brushes the state this weekend. “We’re preparing for severe weather due to Hurricane Isaias, including new safety measures due to COVID-19,” Juno Beach-based Florida Power... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
08/1/2020


FPUA Prepares for Hurricane Isaias

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FPUA Prepares for Hurricane Isaias

Fort Pierce Utilities Authority (FPUA) is keeping a watchful eye on Hurricane Isaias and staying informed of all advisories. Although the storm is forecast to stay to the east of Florida’s coast, FPUA is being proactive in their response to the threat of any potential impact. FPUA has... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
07/31/2020


Hundreds of Thousands Late in Paying Electric Bills

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Hundreds of Thousands Late in Paying Electric Bills

Nearly 600,000 electric customers in Florida are behind in monthly payments since the coronavirus pandemic began hammering the economy and causing massive job losses, state utility regulators were told Wednesday. While the overall number of customers late in making payments has shown some... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
07/29/2020


Utility Regulators to Eye COVID-19 Customer Impacts

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Utility Regulators to Eye COVID-19 Customer Impacts

The Florida Public Service Commission has scheduled a meeting next week to get briefed on the financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on utility customers. During the July 29 meeting, utilities will discuss issues such as the numbers of customers who are late in making payments or who have... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
07/21/2020


Earthjustice Objects to Duke Solar Proposal

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Earthjustice Objects to Duke Solar Proposal

The environmental law firm Earthjustice is seeking to intervene in a case at the state Public Service Commission to oppose a Duke Energy Florida plan to add 10 solar-power plants. Representing the League of United Latin American Citizens of Florida, Earthjustice contends that Duke’s proposed... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
07/16/2020


Florida to Boost Charging Stations

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Florida to Boost Charging Stations

By Jim TurnerWhile Gov. Ron DeSantis says he can’t afford a Tesla, he’s all in on adding electric-vehicle charging stations to the state’s highways. On Friday, DeSantis announced the state will spend $8.6 million from a legal settlement with Volkswagen to add 34 fast-charging... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
07/11/2020


Duke Seeks Approval of Major Solar Expansion

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Duke Seeks Approval of Major Solar Expansion

By Jim Saunders Four months after Florida Power & Light received approval for a similar program, Duke Energy Florida is asking regulators to sign off on a $1 billion plan that would add 10 solar-power plants in the state. Duke filed a proposal last week at the state Public Service Commission... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
07/7/2020