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Lawmakers Moving Forward with Regulatory Changes Regarding Underground Power Lines

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Lawmakers Moving Forward with Regulatory Changes Regarding Underground Power Lines

After hurricanes during the past three years knocked out electricity for millions of Floridians, lawmakers are moving forward with regulatory changes that could lead to more underground power lines. But it would come at a cost. A House panel approved a bill (HB 797) that would create a new process... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
04/2/2019


FPL Plans 'Mega' Solar Battery Facility

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FPL Plans 'Mega' Solar Battery Facility

In what the company said will be the largest system of its type in the world, Florida Power & Light announced plans to build a battery facility in Manatee County that will store solar-generated energy. The facility, which is expected to start operating in late 2021, will be charged by an... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
03/28/2019


Duke Plans Three More Solar Projects

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Duke Plans Three More Solar Projects

Duke Energy Florida has filed a proposal with the state Public Service Commission seeking to pass along costs to customers for three solar-power projects in Gilchrist, Highlands and Volusia counties. The filing Monday is an outgrowth of a 2017 base-rate settlement that allows Duke to recover... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
03/26/2019


Gulf Power Seeks Delay in Recouping Storm Costs

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Gulf Power Seeks Delay in Recouping Storm Costs

Gulf Power wants to wait a few more months before starting to collect money from customers to cover costs related to Hurricane Michael. The Pensacola-based utility last week filed a request at the Florida Public Service Commission indicating that it wants to begin recouping the money in July,... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
03/18/2019


KUA Headquarters Renamed in Honor of Jim Welsh

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KUA Headquarters Renamed in Honor of Jim Welsh

The Kissimmee Utility Authority board of directors voted unanimously at its March 6 meeting to rename the utility’s administration building in honor of president and general manager Jim Welsh, who retires on March 31. The facility, now known as the James C. Welsh Administration Building,... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
03/13/2019


Public Power Utilities Work Together in Wake of Tornadoes

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Public Power Utilities Work Together in Wake of Tornadoes

In the wake of tornadoes that hit Alabama, Georgia and Florida over the first weekend in March, public power utilities in the region rolled up their sleeves and helped one another with power restoration efforts, marking the latest example of how public power utilities lean on each other... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
03/11/2019


Tampa Electric Bills to Go Up in April

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Tampa Electric Bills to Go Up in April

State regulators Tuesday signed off on a plan by Tampa Electric Co. to increase customer bills in April because of higher-than-expected natural gas costs. With the approval by the Florida Public Service Commission, residential customers will see roughly 4 percent increases in their bills.... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
03/6/2019


Florida Municipal Electric Association Recognizes Lineworkers, Public Power Communities

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Florida Municipal Electric Association Recognizes Lineworkers, Public Power Communities

This past weekend marked a time of honor and celebration for Florida public power communities and for lineworkers from across the Sunshine State. On Saturday, at the 19th annual Florida Lineman Competition banquet, the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) recognized the lineworkers who... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
03/4/2019


Moody Objects to Utility Ballot Measure

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Moody Objects to Utility Ballot Measure

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody is arguing that the Florida Supreme Court should block a proposed constitutional amendment that could revamp the state’s electric utility industry. Moody took a formal step Friday of asking the Supreme Court to review the proposed ballot wording and... Continue Reading

03/4/2019


City of Tallahassee Adopts Sustainability Goal

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City of Tallahassee Adopts Sustainability Goal

The Tallahassee City Commission voted unanimously to adopt a Clean Energy Resolution, further strengthening the City of Tallahassee's commitment to sustainability. Developed in collaboration with Tally35, the City's Utility Citizens Advisory Committee and the local chapter of the Sierra Club, the... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
02/21/2019


Electricity Ballot Proposal Draws Heavy Spending

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Electricity Ballot Proposal Draws Heavy Spending

A political committee backing a proposed constitutional amendment that would overhaul Florida’s electric-utility industry spent more than $562,000 in January as it continues to collect petition signatures, a newly filed finance report shows. The committee Citizens for Energy Choices spent... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
02/13/2019


Michael Bloomberg Tours OUC Solar Facilities, Research Laboratory

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Michael Bloomberg Tours OUC Solar Facilities, Research Laboratory

Michael Bloomberg, the United Nations Special Envoy for Climate Action, on Feb. 8 joined City of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, and Clint Bullock, General Manager & CEO of public power utility Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC), for a tour of OUC’s Gardenia Operations... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
02/12/2019