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Utility Ballot Measure Gets $208,000 in November

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Utility Ballot Measure Gets $208,000 in November

By NSF Staff As it continues to gradually move toward reaching a petition-signature threshold, a political committee that wants to overhaul Florida’s electric-utility industry received $208,000 in cash contributions last month, a newly filed finance report shows. The committee Citizens for... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
12/12/2019


Hurricane Irma Suit Against FPL to Continue

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Hurricane Irma Suit Against FPL to Continue

By NSF Staff An appeals court Wednesday declined to dismiss a lawsuit filed against Florida Power & Light by a former resident of a Broward County nursing home that was plunged into sweltering conditions after Hurricane Irma knocked out its air-conditioning system. A three-judge panel of the... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
12/12/2019


Lakeland Electric Maintains Fuel Charge Next Quarter and True-up of Shift to Save Fuel Rate

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Lakeland Electric Maintains Fuel Charge Next Quarter and True-up of Shift to Save Fuel Rate

The Lakeland City Commission voted Monday to keep the electric fuel charge the same for Lakeland Electric customers for the next fiscal quarter (Jan./Feb./March 2020). A true-up of the Shift to Save (Time-of-Day) fuel rate was also approved. The fuel charge will remain 3.275¢ per... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
12/4/2019


Underground Power Lines Dispute Continues

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Underground Power Lines Dispute Continues

By Jim Sunders - News Service of Florida An administrative law judge will hold a hearing this month in a dispute about how to carry out a new law that is expected to lead to more underground power lines in Florida --- and higher costs for utility customers. The state Office of Public Counsel,... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
12/3/2019


Mutual Aid Exercise Utilizes Scenario Based on 1960 Hurricane

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Mutual Aid Exercise Utilizes Scenario Based on 1960 Hurricane

By Paul Ciampoli, APPA With support from the Department of Energy through a cooperative agreement, the American Public Power Association in late October held the 2019 Public Power Mutual Aid Exercise in Syracuse, N.Y. The exercise involved a scenario based largely on Hurricane Donna, which... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
12/2/2019


Florida Municipal Utilities Break Ground on Major Solar Project

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Florida Municipal Utilities Break Ground on Major Solar Project

Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA), in conjunction with 12 Florida municipal electric utilities and Florida Renewable Partners, LLC, today broke ground on the Florida Municipal Solar Project, one of the largest municipal-backed solar projects in the nation. A total of approximately 900,000... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
11/18/2019


KUA and 11 Other Florida Utilities Break Ground on One of the Largest US Municipal Solar Projects

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KUA and 11 Other Florida Utilities Break Ground on One of the Largest US Municipal Solar Projects

Kissimmee Utility Authority today participated in a groundbreaking event for the Florida Municipal Solar Project, a large-scale solar energy project that will enable KUA to provide renewable energy to its customers, beginning next summer. One of the largest municipally-backed solar projects in... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
11/18/2019


FMPA Power Plants Outperform Industry Average for Eighth Year

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FMPA Power Plants Outperform Industry Average for Eighth Year

Exceptional power plant operations help reduce FMPA’s electricity costs to 15-year low Florida Municipal Power Agency’s (FMPA) major power plants outperformed industry averages for the eighth consecutive year, helping to reduce FMPA’s electricity costs to the lowest level in 15... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
11/5/2019


Battle Continues on Underground Power Line Rules

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Battle Continues on Underground Power Line Rules

Pointing to concerns about the effects on millions of utility customers, the state Office of Public Counsel is continuing to battle proposed rules for carrying out a law that is expected to lead to building more underground power lines in Florida. The Office of Public Counsel, which represents... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
11/1/2019


Dispute Over FPL Tax Cuts, Irma Costs Dismissed

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Dispute Over FPL Tax Cuts, Irma Costs Dismissed

The state Office of Public Counsel, which represents consumers in utility issues, has dismissed a challenge to a Florida Power & Light plan to use federal tax savings to cover costs of restoring electricity after 2017’s Hurricane Irma. The public counsel’s office on Friday filed a... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
10/28/2019


Court Upholds Part of Verdict Against FPL in Death

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Court Upholds Part of Verdict Against FPL in Death

An appeals court Friday upheld a $12.5 million jury verdict in a Lee County teen’s electrocution death ---- but overturned part of the decision that would have required Florida Power & Light to pay an additional $15 million in punitive damages. The ruling by a panel of the 2nd District... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
10/25/2019


FMPA Credit Rating Upgraded Ahead of Planned Bond Refinancing

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FMPA Credit Rating Upgraded Ahead of Planned Bond Refinancing

Fitch Boosts Rating to AA- Citing Power Agency’s Strong Financial, Operational Results Fitch Ratings announced a credit rating upgrade for the Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) to ‘AA-‘ from ‘A+’ ahead of the Orlando-based power agency’s planned bond... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
10/22/2019