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OUC Aids Artificial Reef Project off Coast of St. Lucie County

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OUC Aids Artificial Reef Project off Coast of St. Lucie County

Utility’s Donation of 200 Tons of Concrete Blocks Helps Create Marine Habitat ** Video & Photos of Ship Sinking Are Available at https://we.tl/t-PKNGezVPmq ** ORLANDO – OUC’s contribution to an artificial reef project – more than 400,000 pounds of concrete blocks... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
06/26/2019


OUC Customers Set All-Time Power Use Record Monday

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OUC Customers Set All-Time Power Use Record Monday

With temperatures soaring into the high 90s, a new all-time electric demand was set by OUC customers on Monday (June 24) at 5:04 p.m. – the most power ever used at one moment in the company’s 96-year history. Air conditioners working to cool homes and offices pushed demand by OUC... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
06/25/2019


Underground Power Lines Bill Goes to DeSantis

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Underground Power Lines Bill Goes to DeSantis

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday formally received a bill that could lead to an expansion of underground power lines in Florida, with supporters touting the measure as a way to help reduce electricity outages after hurricanes. A key part of the bill (SB 796) would change the way underground... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
06/25/2019


Utility Ballot Measure Sparks Battle

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Utility Ballot Measure Sparks Battle

State leaders and powerful business groups are trying to kill a proposed constitutional amendment that would lead to major changes in the way Floridians get electricity. Opponents, including Attorney General Ashley Moody, legislative leaders, business groups and utilities, filed 13 briefs late... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
06/24/2019


Business Group Backs FPL Settlement on Irma Costs

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Business Group Backs FPL Settlement on Irma Costs

A group that represents major commercial electricity users has signed on to a settlement agreement about Florida Power & Light’s costs to restore electricity after Hurricane Irma in 2017. The Florida Industrial Power Users Group, commonly known as FIPUG, filed a document Wednesday at... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
06/17/2019


Florida Public Power Leaders Receive National Awards - 2019

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Florida Public Power Leaders Receive National Awards - 2019

~Awards recognize contributions to electric utility industry and public power~ Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) and Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) today announced three Florida public power leaders were honored with American Public Power... Continue Reading

by Sheila Hill
06/11/2019


Money, Signatures Mount for Energy Amendment

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Money, Signatures Mount for Energy Amendment

With an additional $420,000 contributed in May, backers of a proposed constitutional amendment that would revamp Florida’s electric utility industry have topped 300,000 petition signatures, according to the state Division of Elections website. The political committee Citizens for Energy... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
06/10/2019


Commission Delays Case on FPL Irma Costs

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Commission Delays Case on FPL Irma Costs

After Florida Power & Light and the state Office of Public Counsel reached a proposed settlement last week, regulators will delay taking up a case about the utility’s costs to restore power after Hurricane Irma. FPL and the Office of Public Counsel, which represents consumers in utility... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
06/10/2019


Florida Power & Light and Office of Public Counsel Reach Agreement

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Florida Power & Light and Office of Public Counsel Reach Agreement

Florida Power & Light and the state advocate for utility customers have reached agreement on about $1.3 billion in costs to restore electricity after Hurricane Irma --- and on a system to better track expenses when major storms hit in the future. The agreement between FPL and the state Office... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
06/7/2019


Lakeland Electric Fuel Charge Decreased for Next Quarter

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Lakeland Electric Fuel Charge Decreased for Next Quarter

The Lakeland City Commission voted to lower the electric fuel charge for Lakeland Electric customers for the next fiscal quarter (July/Aug./Sept. - 2019). After giving a presentation at the Monday, June 3rd Utility Committee meeting, staff recommended lowering the fuel charge by $1.00 from $37.50... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
06/5/2019


TECO Power Plant Project Backed

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TECO Power Plant Project Backed

An administrative law judge Thursday recommended a key approval for a Tampa Electric Co. power-plant project that includes shifting to a greater use of natural gas to generate electricity. Judge Francine M. Ffolkes issued an 88-page recommended order that said Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
05/31/2019


Regulators Urged to Approve Duke Storm Plan

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Regulators Urged to Approve Duke Storm Plan

The state Public Service Commission should approve a proposal that would lead to Duke Energy Florida using $223.5 million in federal tax savings to pay costs related to Hurricane Michael and to replenish a storm reserve, commission staff members recommended Thursday. The commission is... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
05/31/2019