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Judge backs regulators on phone, power poles

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Judge backs regulators on phone, power poles

By Jim SaundersNews Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — In an issue that involves major players in Florida’s telecommunications and utility industries, an administrative law judge Wednesday rejected a challenge to a proposed rule about the use of telephone and power poles that line the... Continue Reading

by Dave Heller
05/19/2022


Utility looks to pass along additional fuel costs

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Utility looks to pass along additional fuel costs

By News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — Customers of Florida Public Utilities Co., which provides electricity in parts of North Florida, could see increased monthly bills because of higher-than-expected natural gas prices. The utility filed a notice Wednesday that said it expects to ask... Continue Reading

by Dave Heller
05/19/2022


FPL transmission line gets approval

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FPL transmission line gets approval

TALLAHASSEE — Florida Power & Light got approval Monday from state utility regulators to develop a 79-mile transmission line northwest of Lake Okeechobee. In a brief meeting, the Public Service Commission approved the need for the project, which will link the Sweatt Substation in... Continue Reading

by Dave Heller
05/16/2022


Utilities seek approval for storm-project money

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Utilities seek approval for storm-project money

By Jim SaundersNews Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — As this year’s hurricane season gets ready to start June 1, major utilities have filed proposals that could lead to customers paying hundreds of millions of dollars in 2023 to help bolster electric systems against storms. Florida... Continue Reading

by Dave Heller
05/4/2022


DeSantis vetoes controversial rooftop solar bill

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DeSantis vetoes controversial rooftop solar bill

By Jim SaundersNews Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — In a win for the rooftop-solar industry and environmental groups, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday vetoed a controversial bill that would have made major changes in rules for rooftop-solar energy. The bill (HB 741) dealt with a... Continue Reading

by Dave Heller
04/28/2022


DeSantis signs floating solar measure

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DeSantis signs floating solar measure

News Service of Florida Tallahassee — Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday signed 10 bills, including a measure (HB 1411) that seeks to expand the use of floating solar projects, known as floatovoltaics. The relatively new concept involves solar panels placed in wastewater treatment ponds,... Continue Reading

by Dave Heller
04/28/2022


Justices urged to overturn Duke costs decision 

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Justices urged to overturn Duke costs decision 

News Service of Florida Tallahassee — The state Office of Public Counsel is urging the Florida Supreme Court to overturn a decision by regulators that called for Duke Energy Florida customers to pay $7.2 million related to an outage at a power plant. The Office of Public Counsel, which... Continue Reading

by Dave Heller
04/28/2022


Tampa Electric grapples with gas prices

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Tampa Electric grapples with gas prices

Florida electric utilities continue to get hammered by high natural-gas prices. Tampa Electric Co. notified state regulators Thursday it is facing higher-than-expected fuel costs, though it did not file a proposal to quickly pass along the costs to customers. Each year, the Florida Public... Continue Reading

by Dave Heller
04/21/2022


Escambia Commission wants review of FPL rates

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Escambia Commission wants review of FPL rates

News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — The Escambia County Commission has joined other local governments in asking the state Public Service Commission to take another look at Florida Power & Light’s rates. In a letter posted Monday on the Public Service Commission website,... Continue Reading

by Dave Heller
04/13/2022


Lynn Haven questions FPL rates

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Lynn Haven questions FPL rates

News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — The Bay County city of Lynn Haven has joined other Panhandle communities in asking the state Public Service Commission to review Florida Power & Light’s rates. In a letter posted Wednesday on the Public Service Commission website, Lynn Haven... Continue Reading

by Dave Heller
04/13/2022


Santa Rosa County objects to FPL rates

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Santa Rosa County objects to FPL rates

The Santa Rosa County Commission has joined other Panhandle communities in asking state regulators to review Florida Power & Light’s rates. In a letter dated March 24 and posted Tuesday on the state Public Service Commission website, the Santa Rosa County Commission pointed to a base... Continue Reading

by Dave Heller
04/6/2022


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