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Duke Pays $600k to Settle Power Plant Antitrust Case

Duke Energy has agreed to pay $600,000 as part of a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice in a case about whether the utility followed antitrust requirements in the purchase of a Polk County power plant.

The utility and the Justice Department announced the settlement Wednesday in separate news releases. The case stemmed from Duke’s decision in 2014 to buy the Osprey Energy Center in Auburndale from Calpine Corp.

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EPA Denies Petitions Asking it to Reconsider Clean Power Plan

The Environmental Protection Agency has rejected most of the 38 petitions it received asking the agency to reconsider all or parts of its final Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units. The final rule, which was published in the Federal Register on Oct. 23, 2015, is better known as the Clean Power Plan. It sets limits on carbon dioxide emissions from existing fossil fuel-fired power plants.

The EPA agreed to look more closely at two issues raised in the petitions: how the rule treats biomass when co-firing with fossil fuels, and waste-to-energy power generation.

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Sierra Club Takes FPL Rate Increase to Supreme Court

The Sierra Club wants the state Supreme Court to block a decision by regulators to approve $811 million in base-rate increases for Florida Power & Light.

The Sierra Club, which filed a notice of the Supreme Court challenge Tuesday, January 17, argues FPL never presented evidence that it adequately considered other options, such as solar energy or energy efficiency, to plans to build new natural-gas power plants. Also, the Sierra Club contends the Florida Public Service Commission failed in oversight.

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Florida Municipal Electric Association Celebrates 75th Anniversary

Association has served as an advocate for affordable, reliable public power for more than seven decades

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA), a trade association that represents the interests of Florida’s family of 34 public power communities located across the state. Members range in size from cities as large as Jacksonville, Orlando, Lakeland, Tallahassee and Gainesville to smaller towns, such as Havana, Clewiston and Bushnell.

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Regulators to Back FPL in Nuclear Siting Case

The state Public Service Commission plans to file a brief in support of Florida Power & Light in a legal case stemming from the utility’s proposal to build two nuclear reactors in Miami-Dade County.

The regulatory agency Thursday, January 5, filed a notice saying it intends to submit a friend-of-the-court brief if the Florida Supreme Court agrees to hear an appeal by FPL.

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Southern Company Unveils Deal to Develop, Construct 3,000 MW of Wind Power

Investor-owned utility Southern Company on Dec. 30 said that its Southern Power subsidiary has entered into a joint development agreement with Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. to develop and construct approximately 3,000 megawatts across 10 projects with commercial operation dates between 2018 and 2020.

In a news release, Southern said that Southern Power has also signed agreements to purchase wind turbine equipment from both Siemens and Vestas for use at the facilities.

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League of Women Voters Allowed into Gulf Rate Case

The League of Women Voters of Florida will be able to take part in a regulatory case in which Gulf Power is seeking to raise base electric rates by $106.8 million.

Florida Public Service Commission member Jimmy Patronis, who is handling pre-hearing matters in the case, issued an order Friday allowing the League of Women Voters to intervene.

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