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Women’s History Month: Q&A with Milvia Hidalgo, Planning Engineer at Gainesville Regional Utilities

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Women’s History Month: Q&A with Milvia Hidalgo, Planning Engineer at Gainesville Regional Utilities

As part of Women’s History Month, we celebrate the valuable contributions women have made in many fields, including the electric industry. Milvia Hidalgo, standing second from left here with colleagues at Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU), is an example of how tenacious persistence... Continue Reading

by Dave Heller
03/23/2022


Q&A with Paul McFadden, JEA Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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Q&A with Paul McFadden, JEA Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

FMEA: JEA named you recently to serve as the utility’s first Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. What does it say about JEA to create this new executive position? McFadden: JEA has always had its footprint in diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), but I think this will allow us to... Continue Reading

by Dave Heller
03/22/2022


Panhandle city seeks review of FPL rates

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Panhandle city seeks review of FPL rates

News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — The Panhandle city of Milton is asking the state Public Service Commission to take another look at Florida Power & Light’s rates after customer bills jumped this year. City Manager Randy Jorgenson wrote a letter last week to the commission... Continue Reading

by Dave Heller
03/16/2022


OUC Breaks Ground on St. Cloud Operations & Maintenance Center

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OUC Breaks Ground on St. Cloud Operations & Maintenance Center

State-of-the-Art, Net-Zero Campus Highlights Longtime Partnership with City of St. Cloud ORLANDO, Fla. ­— Today, representatives with OUC – The Reliable One and the City of St. Cloud led the groundbreaking ceremony for OUC’s state-of-the-art St. Cloud Operations &... Continue Reading

by Dave Heller
03/10/2022


Controversial Solar Changes Going to Governor

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Controversial Solar Changes Going to Governor

By Jim SaundersNews Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Senate on Monday gave final approval to a bill that would make major changes in rules for rooftop solar energy, after weeks of attempts by the solar industry and environmental groups to head it off. Senate sponsor Jennifer... Continue Reading

by Dave Heller
03/7/2022


Rooftop Solar Changes Backed as Debate Continues

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Rooftop Solar Changes Backed as Debate Continues

By Jim SaundersNews Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — After weeks of debate, the Florida House could vote Wednesday to make controversial changes in rules for rooftop solar energy, while senators continue to back a similar proposal. The debate flared again Tuesday as the House rejected... Continue Reading

by Dave Heller
03/1/2022


Higher Fuel Costs to Hit Tampa Electric Customers

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Higher Fuel Costs to Hit Tampa Electric Customers

By Jim SaundersNews Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — More Florida residents are about to feel the pain of high natural-gas costs. The state Public Service Commission on Tuesday unanimously approved a proposal by Tampa Electric Co. to collect additional money from customers to cover... Continue Reading

by Dave Heller
03/1/2022


Broadband Expansion Proposal Sees Changes

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Broadband Expansion Proposal Sees Changes

Sen. Jim Boyd By Jim TurnerNews Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — Lawmakers awaiting federal money scaled back a proposal Tuesday that would help broadband providers expand service to mostly rural, underserved areas. Sen. Jim Boyd, R-Bradenton, removed designated funding from his... Continue Reading

by Dave Heller
02/22/2022


Judge Backs FPL in Permit Fight

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Judge Backs FPL in Permit Fight

Turkey Point Nuclear Plant By Jim SaundersNews Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — Rejecting arguments about threats to Monroe County’s water supply and Biscayne Bay, an administrative law judge has ruled the state should renew a permit for a massive canal system at a Florida Power... Continue Reading

by Dave Heller
02/21/2022


Hotly Debated Solar Changes Move Forward

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Hotly Debated Solar Changes Move Forward

Rep. Lawrence McClure TALLAHASSEE — Florida lawmakers continued to move forward Monday with key changes in rules for rooftop solar energy, drawing heavy opposition from the solar industry and environmental groups. But as the House State Administration & Technology Appropriations... Continue Reading

by Dave Heller
02/21/2022


Tampa Electric Fuel Cost Hike Supported

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Tampa Electric Fuel Cost Hike Supported

Tampa Electric Co. should be able to collect more money from customers starting in April because of higher-than-expected fuel costs for power plants, staff members of the Florida Public Service Commission recommended Thursday. The utility last month sought approval to pass along an additional... Continue Reading

by Dave Heller
02/17/2022


Florida Municipal Electric Association to Hold 21st Annual Florida Lineman Competition 

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Florida Municipal Electric Association to Hold 21st Annual Florida Lineman Competition 

Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida Lineman Competition, which was established by the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA), will take place Friday, Feb. 25, through Saturday, Feb. 26. Last year’s competition was canceled due to COVID-19, but this year marks its return. Electric... Continue Reading

by Dave Heller
02/16/2022