The Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) and Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) announced four Florida public power leaders were honored with American Public Power Association (APPA) national awards. Recognized were Amy Zubaly, FMEA Executive Director, Frederick (Fred) Bryant, former FMPA and FMEA General Counsel, Chris Gent, Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) Vice President of Corporate Communications, and Michael Perri, Jr., Fort Pierce Utilities Authority (FPUA) Board member. The awards were presented at the APPA National Conference & Public Power Expo in New Orleans. APPA is the national trade association for more than 2,000 U.S. community-owned electric utilities.
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Public power lineworkers from across the state were recognized at today’s Florida Cabinet meeting for their service to their communities and outstanding performance at two recent lineworker competitions. Twenty-seven lineworkers representing City of Tallahassee Utilities, Fort Pierce Utilities Authority, Gainesville Regional Utilities, JEA (Jacksonville), Kissimmee Utility Authority, Ocala Electric Utility and Orlando Utilities Commission were presented with a resolution by Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Adam Putnam that highlighted their achievements at state and national lineworker competitions.
Utility regulators Julie Brown and Gary Clark are seeking reappointment to the Florida Public Service Commission, as candidates face a Tuesday deadline to apply for two seats on the panel.
Brown and Clark were among 11 people who had submitted applications as of early Monday afternoon for the $132,036-a-year positions on the five-member commission, which regulates utilities such as Florida Power & Light, Duke Energy Florida, Gulf Power and Tampa Electric Co.
Florida Power & Light customers will see a pair of slight reductions in their monthly bills this summer due to the federal tax overhaul signed last year.
However, regulators put off a decision until August about a one-time refund that customers would receive, in part, because of an “over-recovery” of storm-restoration costs after Hurricane Matthew in 2016.
The Florida Public Service Commission gave intervening groups until June 28 to file briefs on the $27.7 million refund proposal.
State utility regulators approved Florida Power & Light’s acquisition of a city-run utility, overriding a staff proposal that could have scuttled the deal.
With a deal in the works for more than a decade, the Florida Public Service Commission approved FPL’s purchase of the city of Vero Beach’s electric system without accepting a downward “adjustment” recommended by staff that would have shaved about $90 million off the $185 million acquisition.
FMEA would like to acknowledge our newest Associate Members: AppixSoft Corporation, E.C.Fennell PA, AECOM, Airborne Response, Brady Infrared, Geosyntec Consultants and SPE Utility Contractors. Welcome to Florida’s public power network!
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