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Voters Approve Constitutional Amendment for Commercial Solar Property Tax Abatement

Ballot_Box_0Primary-election voters Tuesday, August 30th, approved the expansion of a renewable-energy tax break that backers say will help businesses and spark the expanded use of solar energy in Florida.

But while the measure had support from an array of groups, they are divided on an unrelated solar amendment on the November general-election ballot that could lead to a major political fight.

The proposed constitutional amendment approved Tuesday was known as Amendment 4 and was placed on the ballot by the Legislature. It is designed to extend a residential renewable-energy tax break to commercial and industrial properties.

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FMEA Releases July Bill Comparison

GRAPHIC_FMEABillComp-01Overall, Lakeland Electric reported lowest bills in seven 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.

For residential bills, Lakeland Electric is lowest in two categories, and Florida Power & Light Co. is lowest in one category.

For commercial bills, the report shows that Lakeland Electric is lowest in four categories, The City of Tallahassee is lowest in two categories, and The City of Mount Dora is lowest in two categories.

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Florida Lineworkers Honored with Special Day

linemanlinemanAugust 26 is designated Lineworkers Appreciation Day in Florida. Electric utilities across the state will be honoring the men and women across Florida that work tirelessly in varying conditions to make sure our lights stay on.

In 2012, the Florida House of Representatives introduced a resolution honoring the thousands of men and women risking their lives every day ensuring the reliable delivery of electricity throughout the state. The resolution, sponsored by Rep. Seth McKeel (R-Lakeland) designated August 26, 2012, as “Lineworker Appreciation Day” in the State of Florida. This date holds particular significance for Lakeland resident Tracy Moore, whose husband, Marc, a lineworker for Lakeland Electric, died tragically on August 26, 2002. Electric utilities across Florida continue to recognize August 26 every year as Lineworker Appreciation Day.

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Jacob A. Williams Named Next FMPA General Manager and CEO

Jacob Williams - 300 DPIWilliams to lead Florida’s nonprofit, wholesale electricity supplier for municipal utilities

Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) has selected Jacob A. Williams as its next General Manger and CEO effective Sept. 12. Williams will replace Nicholas P. Guarriello, who previously announced his plans to retire.

“After a thorough search, we are excited to add Jacob’s leadership and talents to the Agency,” said Bill Conrad, FMPA’s Chairman of the Board of Directors. “Jacob demonstrated a keen insight into the business of FMPA, and the Board is confident he will keep FMPA focused on its mission to provide competitively priced, reliable power.”

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FPL President Defends $1.3 Billion Rate Increase

FPLA request for $1.3 billion in base-rate hikes is “driven by investment and infrastructure” rather than profit as critics claim, the president of Florida Power & Light told regulators Monday during the opening of an expected two-week hearing on the proposal.

Eric Silagy, president and CEO of the Juno Beach-based utility, defended the request to the Florida Public Service Commission as a way to maintain the company’s “stability and predictability” while making improvements that include increased use of solar power.

“Ultimately, these are going to end up providing savings for customers,” Silagy said.
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Three Finalists Sent to Governor for Public Service Commission Position

FL Public Service CommA Gainesville city commissioner, an engineer and a college professor were chosen Wednesday, August 17, 2016 as finalists for a spot on the Florida Public Service Commission.

A nominating council heard presentations from eight applicants before picking the finalists to send to Gov. Rick Scott, who will make the appointment to the utility-regulatory commission.

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Gulf Power To Seek Rate Increase

RateIncreaseIn the fall of 2016, Gulf Power plans to seek an increase in base rates for electricity, saying current rates “do not produce sufficient revenues for us to be able to continue adequately serving our customers and maintain the company’s financial integrity,” according to a filing with the Florida Public Service Commission.

The Pensacola-based utility, which serves large parts of Northwest Florida, did not provide detailed figures but indicated it likely will seek an increase of $115 million to $125 million. The filing also indicated a full rate proposal will be filed with the Public Service Commission in October. The regulatory commission later will hold a detailed hearing before deciding whether to approve the proposal, a process that takes months.

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