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Judge backs regulators on phone, power poles

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Judge backs regulators on phone, power poles

By Jim SaundersNews Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — In an issue that involves major players in Florida’s telecommunications and utility industries, an administrative law judge Wednesday rejected a challenge to a proposed rule about the use of telephone and power poles that line the... Continue Reading

by Dave Heller
05/19/2022


FMEA holds annual hurricane & storm preparedness forum in Gainesville

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FMEA holds annual hurricane & storm preparedness forum in Gainesville

FMEA Executive Director Amy Zubaly Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) held its annual Hurricane & Storm Preparedness Forum – a one-day event offering presentations on hurricane preparedness and response, mutual aid, FEMA, and other disaster and... Continue Reading

by Dave Heller
05/18/2022


FPL transmission line gets approval

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FPL transmission line gets approval

TALLAHASSEE — Florida Power & Light got approval Monday from state utility regulators to develop a 79-mile transmission line northwest of Lake Okeechobee. In a brief meeting, the Public Service Commission approved the need for the project, which will link the Sweatt Substation in... Continue Reading

by Dave Heller
05/16/2022


Utilities seek approval for storm-project money

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Utilities seek approval for storm-project money

By Jim SaundersNews Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — As this year’s hurricane season gets ready to start June 1, major utilities have filed proposals that could lead to customers paying hundreds of millions of dollars in 2023 to help bolster electric systems against storms. Florida... Continue Reading

by Dave Heller
05/4/2022


DeSantis vetoes controversial rooftop solar bill

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DeSantis vetoes controversial rooftop solar bill

By Jim SaundersNews Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — In a win for the rooftop-solar industry and environmental groups, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday vetoed a controversial bill that would have made major changes in rules for rooftop-solar energy. The bill (HB 741) dealt with a... Continue Reading

by Dave Heller
04/28/2022


DeSantis signs floating solar measure

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DeSantis signs floating solar measure

News Service of Florida Tallahassee — Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday signed 10 bills, including a measure (HB 1411) that seeks to expand the use of floating solar projects, known as floatovoltaics. The relatively new concept involves solar panels placed in wastewater treatment ponds,... Continue Reading

by Dave Heller
04/28/2022


Justices urged to overturn Duke costs decision 

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Justices urged to overturn Duke costs decision 

News Service of Florida Tallahassee — The state Office of Public Counsel is urging the Florida Supreme Court to overturn a decision by regulators that called for Duke Energy Florida customers to pay $7.2 million related to an outage at a power plant. The Office of Public Counsel, which... Continue Reading

by Dave Heller
04/28/2022


OUC named “Environmental Champion” for fifth consecutive year

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OUC named “Environmental Champion” for fifth consecutive year

Utility ranks 2nd overall and 1st among electric utilities by Escalent ORLANDO, FL ­– OUC – The Reliable One has been named a 2022 Environmental Champion in Escalent’s Utility Trusted Brand and Customer Engagement study. Only 31 utilities in the nation received the honor,... Continue Reading

by Dave Heller
04/22/2022


Tampa Electric grapples with gas prices

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Tampa Electric grapples with gas prices

Florida electric utilities continue to get hammered by high natural-gas prices. Tampa Electric Co. notified state regulators Thursday it is facing higher-than-expected fuel costs, though it did not file a proposal to quickly pass along the costs to customers. Each year, the Florida Public... Continue Reading

by Dave Heller
04/21/2022


Escambia Commission wants review of FPL rates

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Escambia Commission wants review of FPL rates

News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — The Escambia County Commission has joined other local governments in asking the state Public Service Commission to take another look at Florida Power & Light’s rates. In a letter posted Monday on the Public Service Commission website,... Continue Reading

by Dave Heller
04/13/2022


Lynn Haven questions FPL rates

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Lynn Haven questions FPL rates

News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — The Bay County city of Lynn Haven has joined other Panhandle communities in asking the state Public Service Commission to review Florida Power & Light’s rates. In a letter posted Wednesday on the Public Service Commission website, Lynn Haven... Continue Reading

by Dave Heller
04/13/2022


Santa Rosa County objects to FPL rates

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Santa Rosa County objects to FPL rates

The Santa Rosa County Commission has joined other Panhandle communities in asking state regulators to review Florida Power & Light’s rates. In a letter dated March 24 and posted Tuesday on the state Public Service Commission website, the Santa Rosa County Commission pointed to a base... Continue Reading

by Dave Heller
04/6/2022