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FPL, AT&T Battle Over Utility Poles

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FPL, AT&T Battle Over Utility Poles

In a clash of two of the state’s most-prominent companies, Florida Power & Light and AT&T Florida are battling in court and at the Federal Communications Commission about payments for the use of utility poles. AT&T asked a federal court this week to dismiss a lawsuit in which... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
08/1/2019


Florida Cities Celebrate 25 Years of Savings with Joint Purchasing

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Florida Cities Celebrate 25 Years of Savings with Joint Purchasing

What started 25 years ago as an experiment to save money for municipal electric utilities in Florida continues to flourish today as the Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) celebrates the 25th anniversary of its Joint Purchasing Project. In 1994, Florida’s municipal electric utilities were... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
07/30/2019


Power Plant Project Gets State Go-Ahead

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Power Plant Project Gets State Go-Ahead

Over the objections of environmentalists pushing for alternative energy sources, Gov. Ron DeSantis and two Cabinet members on Thursday approved a Tampa Electric Co. power-plant project in Hillsborough County. With little comment, DeSantis and the Cabinet, acting as the state’s Power Plant... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
07/25/2019


Power Plant Plan Draws Fire from Environmentalists

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Power Plant Plan Draws Fire from Environmentalists

Sierra Club Florida is pressing forward with concerns about greenhouse-gas emissions as Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida Cabinet prepare this week to consider approving a Tampa Electric Co. power-plant project. The Sierra Club, which wants alternative energy sources such as solar power, disagrees... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
07/22/2019


Fight Over FPL Irma Costs, Tax Cuts Continues

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Fight Over FPL Irma Costs, Tax Cuts Continues

A fierce debate about Florida Power & Light’s plan to use federal tax savings to cover costs of restoring electricity after Hurricane Irma is headed to the state Supreme Court. The state Office of Public Counsel, which represents consumers in utility issues, filed a notice this week that... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
07/12/2019


Regulators Sign-off on FPL's Irma Costs

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Regulators Sign-off on FPL's Irma Costs

Utility regulators on Tuesday signed-off on a $1.3 billion agreement involving Florida Power & Light’s costs for restoring electricity after Hurricane Irma plowed through the state in 2017. The Florida Public Service Commission approved the settlement between FPL, the state Office of... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
07/10/2019


Regulators to Hold Hearing on FPL Solar Plan

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Regulators to Hold Hearing on FPL Solar Plan

After receiving a request from the state Office of Public Counsel, regulators will hold a full hearing in October on a major solar-energy proposal by Florida Power & Light. The state Public Service Commission posted an order Friday that said an administrative hearing will be held Oct. 15 and... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
07/8/2019


FPL Objects to Hearing Request on Solar Program

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FPL Objects to Hearing Request on Solar Program

Calling arguments by the state Office of Public Counsel “premature, unnecessary and baseless,” Florida Power & Light is asking regulators to deny a request for an administrative hearing on a proposal that includes adding 20 solar-power plants. The Office of Public Counsel, which... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
07/5/2019


TECO Seeks Approval for Solar Projects

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TECO Seeks Approval for Solar Projects

Tampa Electric Co. is asking state regulators to approve adding two solar-power projects in Hillsborough County that would start producing electricity by Jan. 1. The utility filed a proposal Friday at the Florida Public Service Commission to add a 74.8-megawatt solar project on 500 acres of... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
07/1/2019


DeSantis Signs Undergrounding Bill

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DeSantis Signs Undergrounding Bill

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday signed a bill that could lead to more underground power lines in hurricane-vulnerable Florida and vetoed two measures that would have imposed health care-related fees. The bill dealing with power lines (SB 796) came after millions of residents and businesses lost... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
06/28/2019


Hearing Sought on Major FPL Solar Plan

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Hearing Sought on Major FPL Solar Plan

Pointing to the “extraordinary size of the program,” the state Office of Public Counsel is asking regulators to hold a detailed hearing about a Florida Power & Light proposal that includes adding 20 solar-power plants. The Office of Public Counsel, which represents consumers in... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
06/28/2019


It’s a Solar-bration: KUA Unveils Solar Energy Education Trailer

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It’s a Solar-bration: KUA Unveils Solar Energy Education Trailer

Kissimmee Utility Authority has unveiled a solar energy demonstration trailer to educate utility customers and students on solar energy production and battery storage, as well as energy conservation measures. Dubbed the “SunCatcher,” the towable trailer features an expanding solar... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
06/27/2019