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FPL Points to $240 Million in Hurricane Dorian Costs

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FPL Points to $240 Million in Hurricane Dorian Costs

By Jim Saunders As powerful Hurricane Dorian threatened to crash into the state’s East Coast last September, Florida Power & Light brought in crews and took other steps to prepare for potentially massive electricity outages. But Florida caught a big break: Dorian veered north, never... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
07/2/2020


JEA Board Approves Plant Scherer Transaction

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JEA Board Approves Plant Scherer Transaction

Today in a special meeting, the JEA Board of Directors unanimously approved a transaction leading to the closure of Plant Scherer, Unit 4, and entering into a 20-year purchase power agreement with Florida Power & Light Company (FPL). JEA and FPL have jointly owned Plant Scherer, Unit 4, an 848... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
06/29/2020


TECO Extends Suspension of Disconnects

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TECO Extends Suspension of Disconnects

Tampa Electric Co. and TECO Peoples Gas said Thursday they have extended through July a suspension of service disconnections when customers do not pay bills. The companies, which are subsidiaries of Emera, Inc., initially suspended disconnections in March as the coronavirus hit the state. The... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
06/25/2020


FPL Pitches Vehicle Charging Proposal

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FPL Pitches Vehicle Charging Proposal

By Jim Saunders Pointing to “range anxiety” as an obstacle to motorists driving electric vehicles, Florida Power & Light is asking regulators to approve a proposal that could lead to more vehicle-charging stations in the state. The proposal, filed Friday at the Florida Public... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
06/22/2020


Regulators Turn Down Arguments on FPL Rates

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Regulators Turn Down Arguments on FPL Rates

By Jim Suanders In an issue that stems from federal tax cuts approved in 2017, state regulators on Tuesday rejected an effort aimed at forcing Florida Power & Light to reduce base electric rates. The state Office of Public Counsel, which represents consumers, and two business groups have... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
06/9/2020


FEMA Issues COVID-19 Operational Guidance for 2020 Hurricane Season

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FEMA Issues COVID-19 Operational Guidance for 2020 Hurricane Season

The Federal Energy Management Agency (FEMA) recently issued COVID-19 pandemic operational guidance for the 2020 hurricane season to help emergency managers and public health officials best prepare for disasters, while continuing to respond to and recover from COVID-19. The guidance can also be... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
06/1/2020


Duke Adds Solar to Energy Projects

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Duke Adds Solar to Energy Projects

Continuing a move by Florida utilities to increase the use of solar energy, Duke Energy Florida plans to open five solar-power plants in 2021, according to a regulatory filing Friday. The filing at the Florida Public Service Commission indicated the costs of the plants will range from $98 million... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
06/1/2020


Hurricane Season Collides with Coronavirus

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Hurricane Season Collides with Coronavirus

By Jim Turner With the six-month Atlantic hurricane season starting Monday, emergency-management officials have changed how Florida will respond to storms as they grapple with the coronavirus pandemic. Disaster managers, already working long days because of the pandemic, have modified hurricane... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
05/27/2020


Hurricane Prep Tax 'Holiday' Begins Friday

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Hurricane Prep Tax 'Holiday' Begins Friday

By Jim Saunders Starting Friday, shoppers in Florida emerging from coronavirus stay-at-home orders can avoid paying sales taxes while putting together disaster-preparation stockpiles for the 2020 hurricane season.In addition to helping residents buy everything from coolers to generators, Florida... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
05/26/2020


Utility Sees Unpaid Bills, Virus Protection Costs

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Utility Sees Unpaid Bills, Virus Protection Costs

By Jim Saunders With customers losing jobs and employees facing health threats, Gulf Power saw a drop in payments for electric service in April as it also spent money to try to prevent the spread of COVID-19, a regulatory filing shows. Gulf, the largest utility in Northwest Florida, said it... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
05/26/2020


Court Backs FPL in Irma Nursing Home Case

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Court Backs FPL in Irma Nursing Home Case

By Jim Saunders A state appeals court Wednesday rejected a lawsuit that alleged negligence by Florida Power & Light when residents of a Broward County nursing home were stuck in sweltering conditions after Hurricane Irma in 2017. A three-judge panel upheld a circuit court decision that... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
05/20/2020


FPUA Offers Plan to Assist Commercial Customers Affected by COVID-19 Crisis

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FPUA Offers Plan to Assist Commercial Customers Affected by COVID-19 Crisis

FPUA has implemented multiple measures to help our customers during this crisis such as suspending disconnections and waiving penalty and late fees for all of our customers. Additionally, the FPUA Board approved reducing the Power Cost Adjustment by $2.00 until further notice. We understand these... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
05/20/2020