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FMPA Receives Six Proposals for Management Consulting Services

150x100PublicPower_FMPA-01Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) received proposals from six independent management consultants to assist the Agency in responding to two findings of the Florida Auditor General’s operational audit.

The firms who responded to FMPA’s Request for Qualifications included: Baker Tilly, McKinsey & Company, Mercatus Energy Advisors, NERA Economic Consulting, Stonecroft Advisors, and Vista Energy Group. Continue reading

Supreme Court blocks EPA rule on mercury, air toxics

epa logoIn a defeat for the Environmental Protection Agency and a victory for electric utilities, the Supreme Court has blocked the EPA’s sweeping rule curbing emissions of mercury and other hazardous pollutants from power plants. In a 5-4 ruling on June 29, the court said the EPA should have considered the issue of cost at the time the agency first decided to regulate power plants under what later became its Mercury and Air Toxics Rule.

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FMEA Releases May 2015 Bill Comparison

WebFMEA’s Bill Comparison for May 2015 shows Municipal Electric Utilities are lowest in 15 of 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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AARP Weighs in Against FPL Drilling Plan

FNSThe senior-advocacy group AARP this week filed a legal brief opposing state regulators’ approval late last year of a plan by Florida Power & Light to invest in drilling for natural gas in Oklahoma. AARP filed the friend-of-the-court brief in the Florida Supreme Court in a challenge filed by the state Office of Public Counsel, which represents consumers, and other opponents of the drilling plan.
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Florida Public Power Utilities Receive National Awards

APPATwo Florida Public Power Utilities received national awards at the 2015 American Public Power Association (APPA) Annual Conference in Minneapolis, Minn.

Reginald Hardee, chairman of the board of directors of Kissimmee Utility Authority in Kissimmee, Fla., received an American Public Power Association Spence Vanderlinden Public Official Award. This award recognizes elected or appointed local officials who have contributed to the goals of the American Public Power Association. Hardee is one of four winners in 2015.

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PSC Could Back Duke Purchase of Power Plant

1The Florida Public Service Commission has received a recommendation that it approve a proposal by Duke Energy Florida to purchase a power plant in Polk County.

Commissioner Julie Brown, who has served as a hearing officer in the case, filed a recommendation last week that the purchase of the plant in Auburndale is the “most cost effective way” to meet Duke’s power-generation needs before 2018, according to documents posted on the commission website.

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Solar Ballot Measure Faces Powerful Opposition

1The state’s largest electric utilities, Attorney General Pam Bondi and a number of influential business groups want the Florida Supreme Court to block a proposed solar-energy ballot initiative.

Florida Power & Light, Duke Energy, Tampa Electric Co. and Gulf Power filed a joint brief Wednesday arguing the proposed ballot language by a coalition known as Floridians for Solar Choice would be “misleading” to voters. Continue reading