State regulators Thursday approved a settlement that will clear the way for Florida Power & Light to buy — and ultimately shut down — a coal-fired power plant in Jacksonville.
A three-member panel of the Florida Public Service Commission signed off on the $520.5 million deal, little more than a month after FPL and the state Office of Public Counsel reached a settlement agreement. The Office of Public Counsel is an agency that represents consumers in utility cases.
Today, August 26, is Lineworkers Appreciation Day in Florida. Electric utilities across the state are honoring the men and women who work daily and tirelessly in varying conditions to make sure our lights stay on.
FMEA is proud of the commitment of our 34 municipal electric utilities’ lineworkers who are dedicated to their professional trade. Our lineworkers live and work locally in the communities they serve. When a storm comes through they quickly respond to provide great reliable service to our communities and stay until the job is done.
Florida’s electric lineworkers are being honored today as part of Lineworker Appreciation Day for their dedicated service in dangerous and sometimes difficult conditions.
The Florida House of Representatives voted in 2012 to designate Aug. 26 as the annual “Lineworker Appreciation Day” to honor the thousands of men and women who risk their lives every day to ensure the reliable delivery of electricity.
SunEdison, Inc., the world’s largest renewable energy development company, announced that it has completed construction of a 6 megawatt (MW) AC solar power plant that will supply electricity to Lakeland Electric, the third largest public power utility in the State of Florida, through a 25-year power purchase agreement.
The Bella Vista solar power plant is expected to generate approximately 14 gigawatt-hours of electricity each year, enough to power more than 1,300 homes and avoid the emission of 21 million pounds of carbon dioxide, the equivalent to removing more than 2,000 cars from the road.
Florida Power & Light received pushback Tuesday, August 18 from South Florida officials and other critics as it requested $34.2 million from customers to continue planning a pair of nuclear reactors at its Turkey Point complex in Miami-Dade County.
The request, if approved by the Florida Public Service Commission in October, would place the cost for new nuclear power at 34 cents on a typical residential customer’s monthly bill in 2016.
Tony Delgado, Interim City Manager, City of Lakeland
In a budget workshop following the City Commission meeting, Tony Delgado was named Interim City Manager by the Lakeland City Commission as the current City Manager Doug Thomas prepares to leave the organization to pursue a new opportunity.
Thomas announced his resignation on Thursday, August 13th at the conclusion of a late afternoon budget meeting. Thomas stated in a prepared memo to the City Commission that his last day with the City of Lakeland is September 13th. Delgado will take over as Interim effective immediately after Thomas leaves the City of Lakeland.
State consumer advocates and a group of major electricity users will go to the Florida Supreme Court to fight a plan that would allow Florida Power & Light to invest ratepayer money in additional natural-gas drilling projects. The state Office of Public Counsel, which represents consumers in utility issues, and the Florida Industrial Power Users Group filed notices Wednesday indicating they will appeal a decision by state regulators that cleared
the way for the FPL gas-investment program.