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FMEA Releases June 2014 Bill Comparison; Municipal Electric Utilities Lowest in all 15 Categories

FMEA LogoFMEA’s Bill Comparison for June 2014 shows Municipal Electric Utilities are lowest in all 15 categories.

The report compares utility bills for residential, commercial and industrial utility customers categorized by consumption in 15 categories. The report is produced monthly and includes billing information from investor-owned and municipal utilities.

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Duke Energy Progress to purchase $1.2 billion of NCEMPA generation assets

PrintDuke Energy Progress and the North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency (NCEMPA) announced Monday, July 28, that their boards of directors have approved an agreement for Duke to purchase the power agency’s ownership in certain generating assets. The $1.2 billion transaction is expected to lower wholesale electric rates for NCEMPA’s 32 member communities across eastern North Carolina, if it is carried out.

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KEYS Proactive infrared study helps prevent power outages

Infrared StudyKeys Energy Services (KEYS) Transmission and Distribution (T&D) department employees have been working to prevent power outages before they occur by identifying and repairing “hot spots” within KEYS’ service area.

Brady Infrared Company, a company hired by KEYS to perform infrared testing on transmission and distribution equipment, recently identified 135 heat anomalies, or “hot spots”, which would have resulted in power outages if left uncorrected. During the study, a special infrared camera was used to detect these anomalies, which are a red flag for future equipment failure. Continue reading

Power companies ask to scale back energy efficiency goals

deyoung_corporate_taos_solar1Florida’s biggest electric providers are asking state regulators this week to let them scale back energy-efficiency programs — such as rebates for installing solar panels and power-saving appliances — that they say have become expensive and benefit few customers.

But conservationists argue that dramatically reducing energy-efficiency programs will only result in higher monthly bills for customers as the utilities eventually will need to build more natural-gas and nuclear power plants.

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FMEA members elect new officers

PrintMembers of the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) have elected Bud Para, chief public affairs officer for JEA, as president of the organization’s board of directors. Other elected officers include, Mike New, city manager for the City of Newberry, as president-elect; Nona Jones, community and government relations director for GRU, as vice president; and, Clay Lindstrom, electric utility director for Lake Worth Utilities, as secretary-treasurer.

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House bill would bar FCC pre-emption of state laws blocking municipal broadband

downloadThe House passed a fiscal year 2015 Financial Services Appropriations bill (H.R. 5016) with an amendment that is intended to bar the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from pre-empting state laws that block state and local governments from providing broadband service.

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Local utility leaders elected to lead statewide agency

Public officials, utility managers to lead wholesale power agency for 2014-2015

1363270018_691gavelManagers and public officials from municipal electric utilities throughout Florida elected eight of their own to lead a statewide power agency in 2014-2015.

Elections for the Florida Municipal Power Agency’s Board of Directors, All-Requirements Project Executive Committee and the Policy Makers Liaisons Committee took place at the Agency’s annual meeting held July 18, 2014, in Naples, Fla.

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