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Beck Approved as PSC Interim General Counsel

topnsflogoThe Florida Public Service Commission on Wednesday approved hiring longtime consumer attorney Charlie Beck to come out of retirement and serve as interim general counsel.

The commission’s general counsel, Curt Kiser, will retire at the end of the year. Beck worked 27 years in the state Office of Public Counsel, which represents consumers in utility-regulatory issues, before retiring in 2011. Continue reading

FMEA presents community service awards

2014 FMEA Community Awards

The Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) recently honored 16 municipal electric utilities with its 2014 Community Service Award, recognizing each utility for its commitment to enhancing the quality of life in their community.

Presented with the awards during FMEA’s annual Energy Connections Conference and Trade Show on October 9, winners were selected for community improvement programs that included: volunteering activities, science fairs, community festivals, tree-planting programs, charitable support of local health and human service agencies, energy efficiency customer rebate programs and electric safety expos. Continue reading

2014 FMEA Energy Connections Conference & Trade Show brings together Public Power professionals for information sharing and networking

PrintThe 2014 Energy Connections Conference (ECC) and Trade Show, held at The Florida Hotel & Conference Center in Orlando, FL, was a successful and strategic platform for idea sharing, networking, and staff development. The annual two-day event served as an opportunity to collaborate and share perceptions and solutions on public power utilities.

Lori Beach, Customer Accounts Manager at the City of Leesburg, presided over a General Session covering topics of interest to the entire group, including a presentation from FMEA Executive Director, Barry Moline, who shared how Florida’s Public Power utilities bring value to their communities that differ in many ways from all other types of utilities. Moline spoke about and showed a video on how Florida Public Power utilities are Building Strong Communities. Continue reading

Municipal utilities train front-line employees on open government

Real-life examples show why and how to train employees for success

FMPA-300x109Front-line employees of municipal utilities should receive training on how to respond to requests for public records, said Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) Associate General Counsel Dan O’Hagan in a presentation Oct. 10, 2014, at the Florida Municipal Electric Association’s Energy Connections Conference in Orlando, Fla. Continue reading

KUA celebrates Public Power Week

KUA LOGO ® BLUE RGBKissimmee Utility Authority celebrates Public Power Week on Oct. 5-11, along with more than 2,000 other electric utilities that collectively provide electricity on a not-for-profit basis to 47 million Americans.

Public Power Week is a national, annual event sponsored in conjunction with the American Public Power Association in Arlington, Virginia, the national service organization for the nation’s community- and state-owned not-for-profit electric utilities. Continue reading

FPL, foes of smart meters square off

topnsflogoState regulators Tuesday, Sept. 30, took up a dispute about a Florida Power & Light plan to collect extra money from thousands of customers who refuse to allow “smart” meters to gauge electricity use.

The dispute involves only a fraction of FPL’s customers, but it is part of a broader controversy in which critics say they worry the new meter technology could pose threats to their privacy or health. Continue reading

FMEA Releases August 2014 Bill Comparison; Municipal Electric Utilities Lowest in 14 of 15 Categories

FMEA LogoFMEA’s Bill Comparison for August 2014 shows Municipal Electric Utilities are lowest in 14 of 15 categories.

The report compares utility bills for residential, commercial and industrial utility customers categorized by consumption in 15 categories. The report is produced monthly and includes billing information from investor-owned and municipal utilities. Continue reading