Grappling with a long-discussed nuclear project in Miami-Dade County, state regulators Tuesday backed Florida Power & Light continuing to pursue a critical license for two new reactors — but turned down a company request involving costs.
The decisions by the state Public Service Commission were the latest chapter in years of controversy about a 2006 law aimed at increasing nuclear power in the state and FPL’s subsequent proposal to build the reactors at its Turkey Point complex. Julie Brown, who chairs the Public Service Commission, pointed Tuesday to key issues surrounding the project.
The Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) today announced Nicole Stookey Albers as the association’s new public affairs manager. In her role at FMEA, Albers will manage the association’s legislative affairs and social media.
“Having been a part of state government and the political process for nearly 15 years, Nicole brings a wealth of legislative and governmental affairs experience to FMEA,” said Amy Zubaly, FMEA Executive Director. “She will be a great asset to our members as we work to advance the legislative agenda of the association.”
The Kissimmee Utility Authority board of directors has established an electrical lineworker scholarship in the name of its former chairman Reginald Hardee, honoring his decade of service on the utility board.
Awarded annually, the scholarship will fund a nine-month internship at the utility for a high school graduate with a desire to work as a lineworker in the electric utility industry. The intern will work a minimum of 20 hours per week in a combined classroom and hands-on setting, and can graduate from the program with a groundman certification.
Statement by Amy Zubaly, Executive Director, Florida Municipal Electric Association
Regarding Tropical Storm Nate
“While there is still much uncertainty surrounding Tropical Storm Nate’s ultimate strength and path, Florida’s municipal electric utilities are watching it closely and are prepared to bring in power restoration resources should this storm system become a threat to Florida’s Panhandle and the public power communities located there.
FMEA’s Bill Comparison for August 2017 shows the average bills of public power utilities across Florida are $11.77 less than the average bills for investor-owned utilities per 1,000 kWh.
Overall, out of fifteen ranked categories, City of Mount Dora reports the lowest bills in seven categories; Lakeland Electric reports the lowest bill in five categories; the City of Tallahassee reports the lowest bills in two categories and the City of Moore Haven in one.
Tampa Electric Company has asked state regulators to approve a proposed agreement that would largely freeze base rates though 2021 and help lead to an expansion of solar energy.
The agreement, filed Wednesday at the state Public Service Commission and announced Thursday, came after negotiations between Tampa Electric, the state Office of Public Counsel, business groups and federal-government agencies. If approved by the Public Service Commission, it would take effect Jan. 1.