Two veteran utility regulators whose terms expire at the end of the year remained in the running Thursday for reappointment to the Florida Public Service Commission, while current and former state lawmakers got mixed results as they sought to be named to the commission.
A nominating council agreed on two lists of nominees who will be considered by Gov. Rick Scott as he makes three appointments to the utility-regulatory commission. Each list has six names.
State utility regulators are expected to decide in October whether to approve a controversial proposal by Florida Power & Light that relates to possible future construction of two nuclear reactors in Miami-Dade County.
The state Public Service Commission on Wednesday finished a hearing on the proposal and is scheduled to rule Oct. 17. Under the proposal, FPL would continue seeking crucial licenses for the reactors and then pause for years before deciding whether to move forward with the multibillion-dollar project.
State utility regulators were asked Tuesday to reject a request from Florida Power & Light to continue recouping costs from customers for licensing and other expenses on two proposed nuclear reactors.
Critics of FPL’s proposed multibillion-dollar project at the Turkey Point complex in Miami-Dade County argued it is “effectively dead” because the anticipated builder, Westinghouse Electric Co., has filed for bankruptcy.
State Rep. Tom Goodson and four former lawmakers are among 14 candidates — including two sitting Public Service Commission members — who will be interviewed next week for openings on Florida’s utility-regulatory board.
The Public Service Commission Nominating Council on Wednesday trimmed the number of candidates from 26. Among those cut without comment was former state Comptroller Bob Milligan, who failed to receive a single vote of support.
As Florida moves into the peak months of the annual hurricane season, Colorado State University researchers project a 61 percent chance the state will be hit by a hurricane. In a forecast released Friday, researchers estimated there will be 16 named storms this season, eight hurricanes and three “major” hurricanes with at least Category 3 winds of 111 mph.
Through July, there have been five named storms in the Atlantic Ocean, including Tropical Storm Emily which struck Florida this week. The researchers predict an “above average” storm season due in part to “anomalously warm” waters in the Atlantic.
Florida Power & Light has started seeking a key approval from the state as it moves forward with a plan to build a natural-gas power plant in Broward County.
FPL last week filed an application with the state Department of Environmental Protection for “certification” of the site of the Dania Beach project. That is an initial step in a process that ultimately seeks approval under a state law known as the Florida Electrical Power Plant Siting Act. The department on Thursday sent the proposal to the state Division of Administrative Hearings, where an administrative law judge will be assigned to hold hearings on the application.
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