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FPL Customers to Receive Hurricane Matthew Recovery Refund

Florida Power & Light customers will see a small, one-time credit in August that in part corrects an “over-recovery” cost for Hurricane Matthew, which whipped the east coast in 2016.

The Florida Public Service Commissioner on Tuesday approved the $27.7 million agreement between the Juno Beach-based power giant and the Office of Public Counsel. The adjustment should equate to about a $3.18 credit for a residential customer who uses the industry standard of 1,000 kilowatt hours a month.

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Municipal Utilities Mark 30 Years of Saving Money by Joint Operation

Electric customers in 20 Florida cities have enjoyed lower electricity costs and enhanced service reliability for the past 30 years thanks in part to a joint effort among municipal electric utilities to share power-generating resources.

This program, known as the Florida Municipal Power Pool (FMPP), began operation on July 1, 1988. It includes the power-generating resources of Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA), Lakeland Electric and Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC). Including utilities served by FMPA and OUC, the Pool serves the combined electric needs of 20 communities in Florida.

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FMEA Releases Monthly Bill Comparison for May

FMEA’s Bill Comparison for May 2018 shows the average bills of public power utilities across Florida are $10.48 less than the average bills for investor-owned utilities per 1,000 kWh.

Overall, out of fifteen ranked categories; the City of Mount Dora reports the lowest bills in four categories. The City of Bartow and Florida Power & Light report the lowest bills in three of the categories. Lakeland Electric reports the lowest bills in two categories; and the Cities of Starke, Tallahassee and Quincy all report the lowest bills in one category.

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FMEA Associate Member Spotlight – Stanley Consultants

FMEA’s Associate Member of the month for July is Stanley Consultants.

Stanley Consultants is a consulting engineering firm recognized in the engineering industry for their commitment to client service and a passion to make a difference. With a focus on energy, water, transportation and the environment, they bring global knowledge, a century of experience, and multi-disciplinary capabilities to serve private and public clients.

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Tampa Electric Seeks Approval for Solar Projects

In a second phase of a plan to increase its use of solar energy, Tampa Electric Co. asked state regulators for approval to recoup money from customers to pay for five solar projects in Hillsborough and Polk counties.

The utility filed the proposal at the Florida Public Service Commission, which last month signed off on a similar request for two solar projects in the first phase of Tampa Electric’s plan. The Public Service Commission in 2017 approved a settlement agreement that set Tampa Electric’s base electric rates until 2022.

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Power Plant Approvals Face Challenges

Opponents of plans by Seminole Electric Cooperative, Inc., for new power plants in Putnam and Pasco counties have filed challenges at the Florida Supreme Court, according to documents posted Wednesday on the court’s website.

Quantum Pasco Power, L.P. and electric-cooperative customer Michael Tulk filed notices indicating they will challenge orders issued last month by the Florida Public Service Commission that gave key approvals to the power plants. The notices, as is common, do not provide detailed arguments, but the opponents have questioned the need for a new 1,122-megawatt plant in Putnam County and a 573-megawatt plant in Pasco County.

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Brown, Clark Make First Cut for PSC Seats

Hoping to get reappointed for another four years, state utility regulators Julie Brown and Gary Clark are among the six “most qualified” applicants who will be interviewed next month for seats on the Florida Public Service Commission.

The Florida Public Service Commission Nominating Council agreed to invite the two incumbent commissioners, along with candidates Anibal Taboas, Amir Liberman, Monica Rutkowski, and Gregory Hill, to interview for the $132,036-a-year positions, which Brown and Clark now hold on the five-member commission. The interviews will be held July 17 in Orlando.

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