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Lawmakers Eye Oversight of Local Utilities
Lawmakers Eye Oversight of Local Utilities

Florida House members Tuesday raised the possibility of giving state regulators more oversight of municipal utilities. Members of the House Energy, Communications & Cybersecurity Subcommittee repeatedly touched on the issue as they received presentations about the Florida Public Service... Continue Reading

by Joanna White
01/25/2023


OUC Gets Top Electric Ranking in Customer Engagement Survey
OUC Gets Top Electric Ranking in Customer Engagement Survey

Recognition stems from efforts to help customers save energy, manage utility bills OUC – The Reliable One took first-place honors in yet another national customer survey, leading all electric utilities that were named “2022 Customer Champions.” The Cogent Syndicated 2022... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
01/24/2023


Rehwinkel Backed for Interim Public Counsel
Rehwinkel Backed for Interim Public Counsel

A joint legislative committee Thursday recommended Charles Rehwinkel to serve as interim state public counsel after the resignation of former Public Counsel Richard Gentry. Rehwinkel has served as deputy public counsel since 2011. The Office of Public Counsel represents consumers in utility issues... Continue Reading

by Joanna White
01/19/2023


Utility Storm Plans Challenged
Utility Storm Plans Challenged

The state Office of Public Counsel, which represents consumers in utility issues, is going to the Florida Supreme Court in disputes about storm-protection plans approved for four power companies. The office filed notices that are a first step in challenging orders issued by the Florida Public... Continue Reading

by Joanna White
12/16/2022


Higher Electric Bills Set for January
Higher Electric Bills Set for January

TALLAHASSEE — State regulators Tuesday approved utility costs that will translate to higher electric bills in January for homeowners and businesses — and the pain won’t end there.Bills will go up in January for many customers of Florida Power & Light, along with customers of... Continue Reading

by Joanna White
12/7/2022


Guthrie to Stay as Emergency Management Chief
Guthrie to Stay as Emergency Management Chief

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday announced state Division of Emergency Management Director Kevin Guthrie will remain in that post as DeSantis begins his second term. “From the tragic condo collapse in Surfside to the destructive Hurricane Ian, Kevin Guthrie has led emergency response efforts with... Continue Reading

by Joanna White
11/22/2022


Utility Storm Project Costs Approved
Utility Storm Project Costs Approved

State regulators Thursday signed off on electric utilities collecting hundreds of millions of dollars from customers next year to pay for projects aimed at bolstering the power system against storms. The Florida Public Service Commission approved proposals by Florida Power & Light, Duke Energy... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
11/18/2022


State Seeks to Protect Manatees Near Power Plant
State Seeks to Protect Manatees Near Power Plant

Hoping to protect manatees as they congregate this winter, state wildlife officials Tuesday issued an emergency rule that will temporarily prevent boating in an area of the Indian River Lagoon near a Florida Power & Light power plant. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission rule... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
11/8/2022


FPL to Seek $1.1 Billion in Ian Costs
FPL to Seek $1.1 Billion in Ian Costs

After pouring workers and equipment into restoring electricity after Hurricane Ian, Florida Power & Light expects to seek approval to recoup about $1.1 billion from customers, officials said Friday.It was not immediately clear when FPL will file a proposal at the Florida Public Service... Continue Reading

by Joanna White
10/28/2022


Plans to Strengthen Electric System Get Go-Ahead
Plans to Strengthen Electric System Get Go-Ahead

Less than a week after Hurricane Ian knocked out power to large swaths of Florida, state regulators Tuesday approved utilities’ long-term plans to try to bolster the electric system. The state Public Service Commission approved, with some changes, plans submitted by Florida Power &... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
10/4/2022


Clark, Passidomo Reappointed to PSC
Clark, Passidomo Reappointed to PSC

Gov. Ron DeSantis has reappointed Gary Clark and Gabriella Passidomo to four-year terms on the Florida Public Service Commission. DeSantis’ office announced the decisions Friday without comment. The appointments will take effect Jan. 2, when the current terms of Clark and Passidomo are... Continue Reading

by Garnie Holmes
10/3/2022


FPL Transmission Line Project Approved
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