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FMEA Releases October Bill Comparison

GRAPHIC_FMEABillComp-01Overall, Lakeland Electric reported lowest bills in six categories, and the City of Mount Dora reported the lowest bill in four categories. The City of Tallahassee and Florida Power & Light Co. reported lowest bills in two categories. The City of Moore Haven reported the lowest in one category.

For residential bills, Lakeland Electric, The City of Moore Haven and Florida Power & Light Co. each reported being the lowest in one category.

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FPL Customers to See Higher Electric Bills

fplState regulators Tuesday unanimously approved a settlement agreement that includes $811 million in base-rate increases for customers of Florida Power & Light — with $400 million slated to take effect Jan. 1.

FPL, which early this year proposed $1.3 billion in rate increases, negotiated the settlement with representatives of consumers and two business groups. The Florida Public Service Commission approved the agreement despite continuing objections from the senior-advocacy group AARP and the Sierra Club.

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Gulf Power Seeks to Keep Group Out of Rate Case

untitled-1Gulf Power is asking state regulators to block the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy from intervening in a case about the utility’s proposal to raise base rates by $106.8 million next year.

The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, which has frequently clashed with Florida utilities, filed a petition Nov. 16 seeking to intervene in Gulf Power’s rate case before the Florida Public Service Commission.

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Appeals Court Sides with FPL in Verizon Pole Attachment Dispute

fplA state appeals court Wednesday, November 23,  sided with Florida Power & Light in a dispute about how much money the former Verizon Florida should pay to use the electric utility’s poles.

A panel of the 3rd District Court of Appeal upheld a Miami-Dade County circuit judge’s ruling that Verizon Florida, now known as Frontier Florida LLC, should pay nearly $2.6 million in damages to FPL.

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KEYS Utility Board Approves Election Changes

keysThe Utility Board approved changes to its Enabling Act at their regular meeting on Wednesday, November 16th, regarding the election of Board members.

The approved changes include:
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FMEA Announces Resignation of Executive Director

barry-moline-head-shotThe Board of Directors of the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) has accepted the resignation of FMEA Executive Director Barry Moline, effective January 5, 2017. Barry will be leaving FMEA to head up the California Municipal Utilities Association (CMUA) in Sacramento, Calif.

“It has been a tremendous honor to serve as FMEA’s Executive Director,” Moline said. “I greatly appreciate the opportunity to work with so many dedicated people in public power and FMEA staff for the past 20 years. I look forward to continuing my work with municipal utilities – just on a different coast.”

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Future of Rival Solar Initiative Remains Unclear

Solar Power StationOpponents of a solar energy ballot initiative that failed at the polls Tuesday said they haven’t decided whether to revive their rival initiative, which was waylaid nearly a year ago by utility giants in the state.

The “Consumers for Smart Solar” proposal, Amendment 1 on Tuesday’s ballot, received support from nearly 51 percent of voters, short of the 60 percent approval needed for passage. The failure came after supporters, including four major utilities, spent $25.47 million to try to pass the measure.

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