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House Approves Office of Energy Move

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House Approves Office of Energy Move

By Jim TurnerAs Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried holds out for “cooler heads” in the Senate, House Speaker José Oliva is hopeful he will gain support for his chamber’s effort to move the Office of Energy from under her watch. Voting largely along party lines Thursday,... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
02/14/2020


Grant Opportunity: Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure (EVCI) Phase 1 - Now Open

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Grant Opportunity: Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure (EVCI) Phase 1 - Now Open

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (Department) announces a competitive grant funding opportunity for electric vehicle charging infrastructure. Funds are available for Level 3 (DC fast) charging near the following Interstate highways: I-95, I-295, I-75, I-275, and I-4. The... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
02/12/2020


Duke Energy Approved to Collect Dorian Costs

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Duke Energy Approved to Collect Dorian Costs

By Jim Saunders, News Service of Florida Duke Energy Florida customers next month will start seeing extra charges on their bills to cover the utility’s costs of preparing for Hurricane Dorian, a mega-storm that threatened to smash into the state in September before turning away. The... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
02/4/2020


Duke Gets Backing to Collect Hurricane Costs

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Duke Gets Backing to Collect Hurricane Costs

By NSF StaffDuke Energy Florida should get approval to collect $171.3 million from customers to cover costs related to last year’s Hurricane Dorian, staff members of the Florida Public Service Commission have recommended. The commission is slated during a Feb. 4 meeting to take up... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
01/27/2020


KUA Warns Against Viral ‘Outlet Challenge'

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KUA Warns Against Viral ‘Outlet Challenge'

Kissimmee Utility Authority is warning parents of a dangerous viral internet challenge currently circulating on the social media app TikTok. It's called the "outlet challenge," and it involves partially inserting the plug of a cell phone charger into an outlet, then placing a penny onto the... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
01/23/2020


Judge Rejects Challenge on Underground Power Lines

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Judge Rejects Challenge on Underground Power Lines

By Jim Saunders In a victory for state regulators and utilities, an administrative law judge Tuesday rejected a challenge to a plan for carrying out a new law that is expected to lead to more underground power lines in Florida. Judge James H. Peterson III, in a 52-page order, turned down... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
01/21/2020


Short-circuited Utility Measure Tab: $5.75 Million

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Short-circuited Utility Measure Tab: $5.75 Million

By: NSF Staff Backers of overhauling the state’s electric utility industry had raised --- and spent --- about $5.75 million before the Florida Supreme Court blocked their proposed constitutional amendment last week, according to a newly filed finance report. The political committee Citizens... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
01/13/2020


Justices Block Proposal to Overhual Utility Industry

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Justices Block Proposal to Overhual Utility Industry

By Jim Saunders The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously rejected a proposed constitutional amendment that would have overhauled and deregulated the state’s electric-utility industry, saying part of the proposal’s wording would mislead voters. The ruling was a victory for... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
01/9/2020


Utility Ballot Measure Tops 600,000 Signatures

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Utility Ballot Measure Tops 600,000 Signatures

By News Service of Florida Staff Backers of a proposed constitutional amendment that would overhaul Florida’s electric-utility industry continue to move closer to a key threshold for getting the issue on the November 2020 ballot. As of early Thursday afternoon, the state Division of... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
01/6/2020


Duke Seeks $171 Million to Cover Doiran Costs

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Duke Seeks $171 Million to Cover Doiran Costs

By Jim Saunders More than three months after Hurricane Dorian gave the state a major scare, Duke Energy Florida on Thursday asked regulators to approve collecting $171 million from customers for costs stemming from Dorian and a much-smaller tropical storm. The Category 5 Dorian, which devastated... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
12/20/2019


More Charging Stations Sought

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More Charging Stations Sought

State Rep. Dan Daley, D-Coral Springs, has filed a bill aimed at increasing the number of electric vehicle charging stations in the state, similar to a Senate proposal that started moving forward last week. Daley’s proposal (HB 943) seeks a master plan for electric vehicle charging stations... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
12/17/2019


Florida Municipal Utilities Announce Second Solar Power Project

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Florida Municipal Utilities Announce Second Solar Power Project

Project expansion adds 600,000 solar panels for a total of 1.5 million panels by 2023 Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA), in partnership with 12 municipal electric utilities and Origis Energy, today announced plans to expand the Florida Municipal Solar Project by adding 149 megawatts, or 66%... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
12/12/2019