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GOP Lawmakers Focus on Climate Change

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GOP Lawmakers Focus on Climate Change

Florida lawmakers Monday dug into issues involving climate change and greenhouse gas emissions, phrases mostly kept under wraps by state Republican leaders before last year’s elections. Senate Infrastructure and Security Chairman Tom Lee, a Thonotosassa Republican and former Senate... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
10/14/2019


OUC Commissioners Approve Plan to Add 149 Megawatts of Solar Power

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OUC Commissioners Approve Plan to Add 149 Megawatts of Solar Power

The Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC – The Reliable One) took a major step today in transitioning to renewable energy resources with the approval of a plan to add 149 megawatts of solar power to OUC’s generation portfolio doubling the utility’s current efforts. The additional... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
10/9/2019


Underground Power Lines Plan Moves Forward

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Underground Power Lines Plan Moves Forward

State regulators moved forward Thursday with a new law aimed at building more underground power lines and making Florida’s electric system better able to withstand punishing hurricanes. The Florida Public Service Commission approved proposed rules to carry out the law, which is expected to... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
10/4/2019


Fried to Roll Out Climate Change Priorities

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Fried to Roll Out Climate Change Priorities

Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried on Thursday plans to roll out legislative priorities focused on climate change. Warning of greater coastal flooding and more powerful hurricanes, the package will address issues such as renewable energy, farm resilience, climate adaptation, new funding sources... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
10/3/2019


Hundreds of Kissimmee Residents Targeted by Utility Payment Scam

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Hundreds of Kissimmee Residents Targeted by Utility Payment Scam

Kissimmee Utility Authority is warning its customers to beware of an active bill payment scam targeting residential customers in Kissimmee. Since Friday, the utility has received more than 250 reports from customers who have been threatened with service disconnection for unpaid account balances,... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
09/24/2019


Underground Power Lines Plan Poised to Move Forward

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Underground Power Lines Plan Poised to Move Forward

State regulators next week will take up proposed rules that could help set the stage for an expansion of underground power lines in hurricane-weary Florida. Such an expansion received widespread support from lawmakers during the spring legislative session, but the Florida Public Service... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
09/23/2019


TECO Customers Could See Lower Electric Bills

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TECO Customers Could See Lower Electric Bills

Pointing to issues such as low natural-gas prices, Tampa Electric Co. said this week it expects customers’ monthly bills to be reduced in 2020. The utility on Tuesday made filings with the state Public Service Commission that take into account expenses such as fuel costs for power plants.... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
09/4/2019


Dorian Could Knock out Power for Millions

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Dorian Could Knock out Power for Millions

Lengthy and widespread power outages are in the forecast after Hurricane Dorian hits Florida. Eric Silagy, president and CEO of Florida Power & Light, said Friday the state’s largest utility is ready for the storm, with crews and equipment positioned to start restoring power after... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
08/30/2019


Justices Grapple with Utility Ballot Measure

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Justices Grapple with Utility Ballot Measure

With state leaders, business groups and utilities fighting the measure, the Florida Supreme Court on Wednesday appeared skeptical about a proposed constitutional amendment that would overhaul and deregulate the way residents and businesses get electricity. Justices listened to more than an hour... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
08/29/2019


Above Normal Storm Season Forecast, with 2 to 4 Major Hurricanes

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Above Normal Storm Season Forecast, with 2 to 4 Major Hurricanes

Conditions are more favorable for an above normal Atlantic hurricane season in 2019, according to an updated forecast from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. NOAA expects 10 to 17 named storms (winds of 39 mph or greater), of which 5 to 9 will become hurricanes (winds of... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
08/13/2019


Another $668,000 Pours into Utility Overhaul Effort

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Another $668,000 Pours into Utility Overhaul Effort

A political committee spearheading a proposed constitutional amendment to overhaul Florida’s electric-utility industry received $668,000 in July as it continues to try to get the measure on the 2020 ballot. The committee Citizens for Energy Choices also spent $766,000 last month, with... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
08/13/2019


Utility Energy Efficiency Goals Debated

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Utility Energy Efficiency Goals Debated

Environmentalists and consumer advocates want state regulators to expand what they consider low or “zero” energy-efficiency goals by major utilities. The state Public Service Commission is holding a hearing this week about “numeric conservation” goals that are set for... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
08/13/2019