State Sen. Kelli Stargel wants “fitness” for office to be considered as background checks are conducted on 18 people, including some current and former lawmakers, who will be interviewed for an open seat on the Florida Public Service Commission.
A Lakeland Republican and chairwoman of the Public Service Commission Nominating Council, Stargel said investigations into the qualifications of each applicant must use “all the sources reasonably available within the time permitted by law to make sure we vet these candidates going forward.”
Regulators began hearing arguments Wednesday about whether Florida Power & Light should be allowed to move forward with plans for a new power plant in Broward County, amid objections from a state consumer advocate and the Sierra Club. The Florida Public Service Commission will decide whether to approve a “determination of need” — a key regulatory step — for the $888 million project.
Florida Power & Light has announced that savings from the federal tax overhaul will allow it to avoid billing customers for the $1.3 billion cost of restoring electricity after Hurricane Irma.
FPL had initially planned to start billing customers in March for the restoration costs but put those plans on hold after Congress and President Donald Trump last month approved the overhaul, which cut corporate tax rates and made numerous other changes in the federal tax code.
Three former state lawmakers and University of Central Florida trustee are among the applicants vying to fill a Public Service Commission seat left vacant when Gov. Rick Scott’s appointee withdrew last month following a sexual misconduct allegation.
Also applying is the long-time advisor to the last occupant of the $132,000-a-year post.
FMEA’s Associate Member Spotlight of the Month for January is American Safety Utility Corporation.
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FMEA would like to acknowledge our newest Associate Members: GrayRobinson and Pine Gate Renewables. Welcome to Florida’s public power network!
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FMEA’s Bill Comparison for November 2017 shows the average bills of public power utilities across Florida are $11.92 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 and Lakeland Electric reports the lowest bill in six categories.