Tampa Electric Company is asking state regulators to approve a nearly $26.5 million base-rate increase to pay for the first phase of a plan to build solar-energy projects, according to a petition filed Thursday at the Florida Public Service Commission.
The money would pay for a 70.3-megawatt solar project in Polk County and a 74.4-megawatt project in Hillsborough County that are expected to start generating electricity by Sept. 1.
State regulators Tuesday approved a controversial proposal by Florida Power & Light to collect at least $176.4 million from customers for a project dealing with a saltwater plume that moved from an FPL plant into nearby groundwater.
Representatives of consumers and business and environmental groups fought the proposal, contending that customers should not have to pay for the clean-up project in Miami-Dade County.
Gov. Rick Scott’s staff has not determined how to fill a Public Service Commission seat after the withdrawal of an appointee who was accused by an influential senator of sexually inappropriate behavior.
Scott said Monday it remains unclear if the Public Service Commission Nominating Council will have to restart the search process or if a name can be selected from among other finalists proposed by the council in August.
It’s when we say goodbye to the Atlantic hurricane season.
After 11 years without a direct hit, the past two hurricane seasons have brought us Hermine, Matthew and Irma. This season’s Hurricane Irma was a powerful and massive Category 4 hurricane when it made landfall in the Keys. The second strongest Atlantic hurricane ever recorded, Irma was wider than the Florida peninsula leaving few parts of the Sunshine State spared. As Hurricane Irma made a beeline up the state, she brought destruction, flooding and widespread power outages.
Allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct continued to send shock waves through the Capitol on Monday, as an appointee of Gov. Rick Scott to the state’s utility-regulatory board withdrew from the job after an influential senator accused him of manhandling her at a charity event last year.
Ritch Workman, a former state House member who was supposed to begin work next month on the state Public Service Commission, walked away from the appointment, which would have required Senate confirmation.
FMEA’s Bill Comparison for October 2017 shows the average bills of public power utilities across Florida are $12.87 less than the average bills for investor-owned utilities per 1,000 kWh.
Overall, out of fifteen ranked categories, the Town of Havana reports the lowest bills in nine categories; Lakeland Electric reports the lowest bill in five categories; the City of Mount Dora reports the lowest bills in one category.