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FPL Transmission Line Project Approved

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FPL Transmission Line Project Approved

State Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Shawn Hamilton issued a final order Thursday approving a Florida Power & Light plan to build an 80.5-mile transmission line from Okeechobee to DeSoto counties. The 230-kilovolt transmission line, which also received a sign-off in June from... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
09/23/2022


Regulators Renew Backing of Solar Program

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Regulators Renew Backing of Solar Program

The state Public Service Commission on Thursday approved a revised decision supporting a Duke Energy Florida solar-power program, carrying out an order from the Florida Supreme Court. The commission last year approved Duke’s “Clean Energy Connection” program, which involves... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
09/8/2022


Electric Bills Likely to Increase in 2023

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Electric Bills Likely to Increase in 2023

By Jim Saunders, The News Service of Florida Florida residents and businesses likely will get hit with higher electric bills in 2023 as utilities continue to struggle with increased costs of natural gas. Florida Power & Light, Duke Energy Florida and Tampa Electric Co. filed petitions Friday... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
09/6/2022


DeSantis Gets List of PSC Candidates

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DeSantis Gets List of PSC Candidates

Florida Public Service Commission members Gary Clark and Gabriella Passidomo were among six candidates forwarded Monday to Gov. Ron DeSantis as he prepares to make two appointments to the utility-regulatory panel. Two seats will open in January, when the current terms of Clark and Passidomo... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
08/30/2022


Justices Stand Behind Duke Costs Ruling

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Justices Stand Behind Duke Costs Ruling

The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday refused to reconsider a ruling that backed Duke Energy Florida in a dispute about whether it should have been able to collect about $16 million from customers after problems at the utility’s Bartow power plant in St. Petersburg. The court on July 7... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
08/26/2022


FPL says Supreme Court should uphold rates

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FPL says Supreme Court should uphold rates

By Jim SaundersNews Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — Florida Power & Light on Wednesday urged the state Supreme Court to reject challenges to a settlement that increased electric rates, arguing the controversial plan is in the “public interest.” Four groups appealed to... Continue Reading

07/20/2022


FPL drops winter power proposal

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FPL drops winter power proposal

By Jim SaundersNews Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — Florida Power & Light on Monday backed away from a controversial proposal that would have used a severe winter storm in 1989 as a basis for future power-plant projects. FPL filed a notice at the state Public Service Commission that... Continue Reading

by Dave Heller
07/12/2022


Clark, Passidomo Seek Reappointment to PSC

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Clark, Passidomo Seek Reappointment to PSC

Florida Public Service Commission members Gary Clark and Gabriella Passidomo are seeking reappointment to the utility regulatory board, while at least five other applicants are angling for their seats. With the current terms of Clark and Passidomo slated to expire in January, candidates for the... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
07/7/2022


Fuel costs could drive up utility’s bills

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Fuel costs could drive up utility’s bills

Utility customers in some parts of North Florida could see their monthly electric bills increase in August because of higher-than-expected fuel costs for power plants. Florida Public Utilities Co., which provides electricity in Jackson, Calhoun, Liberty and Nassau counties, filed a proposal... Continue Reading

by Dave Heller
06/15/2022


FPL launches plan to eliminate carbon emissions

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FPL launches plan to eliminate carbon emissions

By Jim SaundersNews Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — Florida Power & Light plans to eliminate carbon emissions from its electricity generation by 2045 through expanding solar energy and other technology, company officials announced Tuesday. The plan, part of a broader... Continue Reading

by Dave Heller
06/14/2022


FPL points to 1989 storm in disputed proposal

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FPL points to 1989 storm in disputed proposal

By Jim SaundersNews Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — Many longtime Floridians remember the storm that hit the state in December 1989. “The storm resulted in the first white Christmas on record from northeastern Florida to North Carolina,” a National Weather Service review... Continue Reading

by Dave Heller
06/2/2022


Florida Supreme Court tells Public Service Commission it erred on solar energy ruling

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Florida Supreme Court tells Public Service Commission it erred on solar energy ruling

By Jim SaundersNews Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — In an unusual move, the state Supreme Court on Friday said utility regulators need to revise a decision that approved a controversial Duke Energy Florida solar-energy program, saying the regulators’ decision “leaves the court... Continue Reading

by Dave Heller
05/27/2022