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FPL Faces Class Action Over Irma Outages

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FPL Faces Class Action Over Irma Outages

By Jim SaundersNews Service of Florida More than four years after Hurricane Irma plowed through the state, a judge has cleared the way for a class-action lawsuit against Florida Power & Light because of customers’ electricity getting knocked out. Miami-Dade County Circuit Judge David... Continue Reading

by Dave Heller
01/4/2022


FPL rate hike fight goes to Supreme Court

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FPL rate hike fight goes to Supreme Court

TALLAHASSEE — A group that challenged a Florida Power & Light plan to raise base electric rates is taking the fight to the state Supreme Court. The group Floridians Against Increased Rates filed a notice this week that it is appealing a decision by the state Public Service... Continue Reading

by Dave Heller
12/29/2021


Fuel costs could drive up Duke bills

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Fuel costs could drive up Duke bills

TALLAHASSEE — Duke Energy Florida asked state regulators Friday to approve collecting an additional $314.2 million from customers because of higher-than-expected fuel costs for power plants. The proposal, if approved by the Florida Public Service Commission, would lead to Duke customers... Continue Reading

by Dave Heller
12/17/2021


OUC’s Board of Commissioners moves to retire Unit 1 coal plant by no later than 2025

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OUC’s Board of Commissioners moves to retire Unit 1 coal plant by no later than 2025

By Michelle LynchOrlando Utilities CommissionORLANDO, Fla. — On Tuesday, Dec. 14, OUC — The Reliable One’s Board of Commissioners formally approved the retirement of Stanton Energy Center’s (SEC) Unit 1 by no later than 2025 and the conversion of SEC’s Unit 2 to... Continue Reading

by Dave Heller
12/15/2021


Wildlife Officials, FPL Take Steps to Aid Manatees

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Wildlife Officials, FPL Take Steps to Aid Manatees

By Jim TurnerNews Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — Wildlife officials, now teaming with the state’s largest electric utility, have approved an unusual step of feeding manatees that face another winter of limited food supplies in Florida waters. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,... Continue Reading

by Dave Heller
12/8/2021


High Fuel Costs to Hit Tampa Electric Customers

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High Fuel Costs to Hit Tampa Electric Customers

By Jim Saunders News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — After Florida Power & Light made a similar request last week, Tampa Electric Co. on Friday asked state regulators for a boost in customer bills in 2022 because of higher-than-expected natural gas costs. Tampa Electric filed a... Continue Reading

by Dave Heller
11/19/2021


Gulf Power Customers Face Storm Expenses

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Gulf Power Customers Face Storm Expenses

By Jim SaundersNews Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — First came Hurricane Michael. Then Sally. Then Zeta. And for customers of Northwest Florida’s Gulf Power, the barrage of storms during the past few years could mean they will pay extra on their bills through 2024 to cover costs of... Continue Reading

by Dave Heller
11/15/2021


Florida Power & Light seeks approval to collect additional $810 million from customers

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Florida Power & Light seeks approval to collect additional $810 million from customers

By Jim SaundersNews Service of Florida Tallahassee — Florida Power & Light on Tuesday sought approval to collect an additional $810 million from customers in 2022 as high natural-gas prices continue to drive up costs for electric utilities. The request, filed at the state Public... Continue Reading

by Dave Heller
11/10/2021


House Passes Infrastructure Bill That Includes Funding Opportunities For Public Power

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House Passes Infrastructure Bill That Includes Funding Opportunities For Public Power

By Paul Ciampoli, APPAThe House of Representatives on Nov. 5 voted 228 to 206 to pass H.R. 3684, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, that includes numerous funding opportunities for public power utilities that are supported by the American Public Power Association (APPA). The... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
11/9/2021


Florida Public Power Utilities Recognized for Programs that Enhance Local Communities

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Florida Public Power Utilities Recognized for Programs that Enhance Local Communities

The Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) is honoring 22 Florida public power utilities for making valuable investments that enhance the quality of life in their communities, beyond efficient delivery of affordable, reliable and clean energy. Recipients received “Building Strong... Continue Reading

by Dave Heller
11/3/2021


PSC member Passidomo clears Senate committee

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PSC member Passidomo clears Senate committee

By News Service of Florida Tallahassee — Florida Public Service Commission member Gabriella Passidomo, a daughter of the next Senate president, easily cleared her first Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday. The Regulated Industries Committee unanimously backed confirmation of Passidomo, who... Continue Reading

by Dave Heller
11/3/2021


Regulators back Duke plan to ease bill hikes

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Regulators back Duke plan to ease bill hikes

TALLAHASSEE — As Florida utilities grapple with higher-than-expected natural gas prices, regulators Tuesday approved a plan to ease the hit to monthly bills of Duke Energy Florida customers. The state Public Service Commission signed off on a Duke plan that, in part, will spread collection... Continue Reading

by Dave Heller
11/2/2021