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Applicants Seek Spots on Public Service Commission

With the terms of veteran commissioners Ronald Brise and Art Graham set to expire in January, a dozen other candidates are hoping to replace them on the Florida Public Service Commission.

Brise and Graham, who are seeking reappointment to the utility-regulatory panel, were among 14 people who filed applications with a nominating council before a 5 p.m. Tuesday deadline.

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FPL Moves Forward with Solar Expansion

Florida Power & Light on Monday installed the first of what it anticipates will be nearly 1 million new solar panels at three plants in the state’s Treasure Coast region, the company said.

The installation of the panel at Blue Cypress Solar Energy Center in Indian River County is part of an effort, announced earlier this year, to boost FPL’s overall solar footprint to 2,100 megawatts by 2023, enough to power more than 420,000 homes.

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Application Deadline Set for Patronis PSC Seat

A state panel has set a July 28 application deadline for candidates seeking to replace Jimmy Patronis on the Florida Public Service Commission. Patronis on Friday was sworn in as state chief financial officer, replacing former CFO Jeff Atwater, who resigned to take a position at Florida Atlantic University.

Patronis’ appointment to the Cabinet position by Gov. Rick Scott meant he had to leave the Public Service Commission, where he began a four-year term in January 2015. The Florida Public Service Commission Nominating Council, which recommends candidates to Scott for appointment to the utility regulatory panel, set a 5 p.m. July 28 deadline for applications for the Patronis seat.

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FPL Project Could Take First Step

State regulators next week could give an initial boost to a Florida Power & Light proposal to build an estimated $888 million power plant in Broward County — part of a series of FPL projects to add new natural gas-plants.

Under a state rule, utilities are required to go through a process that involves seeking possible alternatives to proposed power plants. But FPL, which wants to build a plant that would replace two aging generating units in Dania Beach, asked the Florida Public Service Commission for an exemption from that process.

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FMEA Associate Member Spotlight – Osmose

FMEA’s Associate Member Spotlight of the Month for July is on Osmose (www.osmose.com)

From a storefront on East Huron Street in downtown Buffalo, NY with a single wood preservative patent , Osmose has emerged as a well-known and respected company; a leading service provider safeguarding North American utility infrastructure. Since that humble beginning in 1934, Osmose has continued to meet evolving customer needs. Florida’s utilities have learned that Osmose is one source with many solutions. Whether the need is pole inspectors to apply remedial treatment, crews to assist with post-storm recovery, or engineers to perform complex connectivity surveys and build accurate network models, Osmose can help.

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FMEA Welcomes Newest Associate Members

FMEA would like to acknowledge our newest Associate Members: Origis Energy and LineWorks Engineering, LLC. Welcome to Florida’s public power network!

Origis Energy – Origis Energy is Powering the Solar Revolution℠ with custom clean energy solutions for utility, commercial and public sector clients. The Origis team has worked to ensure the interests of all stakeholders are upheld in more than 100 projects worldwide totaling 600+ megawatts to date of developed solar capacity. Headquartered in Miami, FL, Origis Energy USA delivers excellence in solar project development, financing, engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) and operations, maintenance and asset management for investors and clean energy consumers across Europe and the Americas.

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Broad energy, natural resources bill is introduced in Senate

Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., the committee’s ranking member, on June 28 introduced S. 1460, the Energy and Natural Resources Act of 2017.

The bill — the successor to the broad, bipartisan legislation from the previous Congress — was placed directly on the Senate calendar for expedited floor consideration. The American Public Power Association supported the energy bill last year and is reviewing the current version.

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