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FMEA Releases Monthly Bill Comparison for May

FMEA’s Bill Comparison for May 2017 shows the average bills of public power utilities across Florida are $10.71 less than the average bills for investor-owned utilities per 1,000 kWh.

Overall, out of fifteen ranked categories, Lakeland Electric reports the lowest bills in eight categories; City of Mount Dora reports the lowest bill in four categories; the City of Tallahassee reports the lowest bills in two categories and the City of Moore Haven in one.

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Florida Municipal Electric Association Names Amy Zubaly New Executive Director

The Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) Board of Directors today named Amy Zubaly executive director of the association. Since January, Zubaly has been serving as the interim executive director.

In her role as the permanent executive director, Zubaly will continue to manage the day-to-day operations of the association, handle member and board relations, oversee the association’s government affairs, communications and education functions and provide strategic planning.

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Application Process Starts for PSC Posts

With the terms of commissioners Ronald Brise and Art Graham set to expire in January, the state has started the application process for two seats on the Florida Public Service Commission.

Applications are due by July 18 to the Florida Public Service Commission Nominating Council. The council will provide a short list of candidates to Gov. Rick Scott, who will make selections for the jobs, which pay $131,036 a year. Commissioners serve four-year terms.

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Florida Utilities Consider Joint Plant Operations to Save Electricity Costs

Tampa Electric Co. is evaluating whether to contribute its power generation to a pilot project with three Florida municipal electric utilities, which currently operate as the Florida Municipal Power Pool (FMPP), in an effort to reduce electricity costs for all customers.

FMPP was formed in 1988 by the Orlando Utilities Commission, Lakeland Electric and Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA), a wholesale power supplier to 13 municipal electric utilities. FMPP is always mindful of opportunities to increase member savings through collaborations with other utilities and has sought similar partnerships over the years.

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Coalition Urges Scott to Sign Solar Bill

A diverse coalition of 16 special interests jointly asked Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday to sign a bill now on his desk that would carry out a constitutional amendment designed to expand the use of solar and other renewable-energy devices.

Ranging from the Florida Grocers Association and Florida Petroleum Marketers Association to the Sierra Club and the Nature Conservancy, the groups in a letter encouraged Scott to sign the measure (SB 90), which would establish rules for implementing the amendment — approved by 72.6 percent of voters last August.

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EPA sends Clean Power Plan proposal to OMB for review

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has sent to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) the EPA’s proposed rule to review the Clean Power Plan.

The Trump Administration in March issued an Executive Order, entitled Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth. The order directed EPA to review, revise or repeal the Clean Power Plan. The draft rule over at OMB is one step in this process.

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Renewable Energy Plan Goes to Scott

A plan to carry out a constitutional amendment designed to expand the use of solar and other renewable-energy devices has landed on the desk of Gov. Rick Scott. The plan (SB 90) was among 24 Senate bills sent to the governor.

He has until June 20 to sign, veto or allow the measures to become law without his signature. The proposal would establish rules for implementing the amendment — approved by 72.6 percent of voters last August — that will extend a renewable-energy tax break to commercial and industrial properties.

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