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Gulf Power Customers Face Storm Costs

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Gulf Power Customers Face Storm Costs

Pointing to an “unprecedented event” that knocked out power to 136,000 customers and caused massive damage to its distribution system, Gulf Power on Wednesday asked state regulators to approve a plan to collect an estimated $342 million from customers to cover costs related to... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
02/8/2019


Supreme Court Wades into FPL Disputes

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Supreme Court Wades into FPL Disputes

The state Supreme Court on Wednesday appeared skeptical of arguments that it should reject decisions by regulators allowing Florida Power & Light to collect money from customers for solar-energy projects and an environmental cleanup. The court held back-to-back arguments in challenges to... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
02/8/2019


FPL Proposes Program to Offer Generators

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FPL Proposes Program to Offer Generators

Florida Power & Light has proposed a three-year pilot program in which it would offer to install and maintain backup power generators for customers. The proposal, filed Thursday at the state Public Service Commission, would be voluntary for customers, who would pay monthly fees to FPL if they... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
02/1/2019


Utility Ballot Measure Ready for Court Review

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Utility Ballot Measure Ready for Court Review

Backers of a proposed constitutional amendment that would overhaul Florida’s electric-utility industry have submitted enough petition signatures for the state Supreme Court to review the ballot wording, according to the Florida Division of Elections website. The political committee Citizens... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
01/31/2019


Business Groups Fight Utility Ballot Measure

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Business Groups Fight Utility Ballot Measure

Two of Florida’s most-powerful business groups said Thursday they oppose a proposed constitutional amendment that would overhaul the state’s electric utility industry. The Florida Chamber of Commerce and Associated Industries of Florida issued statements as the political committee... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
01/24/2019


Natural Gas Costs Could Increase TECO Bills

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Natural Gas Costs Could Increase TECO Bills

Pointing to higher-than-expected natural gas costs, Tampa Electric Co. asked state regulators to approve an increase in customer bills that would take effect in April. The request stems from a process that involves utilities passing through power-plant fuel costs to customers. The state Public... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
01/16/2019


Ocala Electric Contributes $19 Million in Value to Local Economy

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Ocala Electric Contributes $19 Million in Value to Local Economy

CEO of statewide power agency describes benefits of a locally owned electric utility Ocala Electric Utility contributes approximately $19 million in annual economic value to the local economy, according to Jacob Williams, general manager and CEO of the Florida Municipal Power Agency... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
01/16/2019


FPL Plans Major Solar Expansion by 2030

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FPL Plans Major Solar Expansion by 2030

Florida Power & Light said Wednesday it plans a major expansion of solar-energy projects during the next decade, as the state’s utilities move forward with generating more renewable energy. FPL said it will install more than 30 million solar panels by 2030, with solar facilities... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
01/16/2019


Signatures Top 60,000 for Utility Ballot Measure

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Signatures Top 60,000 for Utility Ballot Measure

A political committee has submitted more than 60,000 valid petition signatures to the state Division of Elections as it tries to get a measure on the 2020 ballot that could revamp Florida’s electric utility industry. The committee Citizens for Energy Choices had submitted 60,880 signatures... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
01/15/2019


FPL Parent Finishes Deal to Buy Gulf Power

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FPL Parent Finishes Deal to Buy Gulf Power

Gulf Power, the largest electric utility in Northwest Florida, starts 2019 with a new owner. NextEra Energy Inc., the parent company of Florida Power & Light, announced early Tuesday that it has finished an earlier-announced deal to purchase Gulf Power from the Atlanta-based Southern Company.... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
01/2/2019


Ballot Proposal Would Revamp Utility Industry

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Ballot Proposal Would Revamp Utility Industry

A political committee has spent nearly $400,000 in recent months and submitted 33,863 valid petition signatures as it tries to get a measure on the 2020 ballot that would revamp Florida’s electric utility industry. The proposal, backed by a committee called Citizens for Energy Choices,... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
12/30/2018


FPL Fires Back in Dispute Over Refund, Rates

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FPL Fires Back in Dispute Over Refund, Rates

Describing the case as “specious, legally and factually baseless,” Florida Power & Light has asked state regulators to reject a petition that seeks to force the utility to refund as much as $736 million to customers and reduce base electric rates. The state Office of Public... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
12/26/2018