FMEA News Feed

Data Points to Tallahassee Power Restoration Efforts Being on Par or Better Than Previous Major Storms

14196200_10154475232744770_833137890323737949_oRecent data shows that power restoration efforts by the City of Tallahassee were on par or exceeded the pace of similar efforts following a direct hit from Category 1 Hurricane Hermine in early September.

State and federal government data shows that just five days after the storm hit the Capital City, well over 90 percent of impacted power customers had their power turned back on. A day before that, more than 85 percent of city customers had power restored the 4th day after Hermine.   Continue reading

Donald Polmann to Replace Lisa Edgar on PSC

0140ebeGov. Rick Scott appointed Pinellas County engineer Donald Polmann to a spot on the Florida Public Service Commission.

Polmann, 59, of Dunedin, will replace longtime Commissioner Lisa Edgar, whose term expires at the end of the year. Edgar did not seek reappointment to the five-member panel that regulates utilities. Continue reading

‘Smart Solar’ Group Raises Another $2.35 Million

solar-energy-storage-TexasA political committee backing a proposed solar-energy ballot initiative raised about $2.35 million from Aug. 27 to Sept. 2, with major utilities continuing to pour money into the effort, a newly filed finance report shows.

The group, known as “Consumers for Smart Solar,” had raised an overall total of nearly $21.2 million and had $5.3 million in cash on hand as of Sept. 2. Continue reading

Update on Power Restoration Efforts in Tallahassee Following Hurricane Hermine

14249884_1131485330223019_2308061520599361762_oSeptember 8 (1:00 p.m.) The City of Tallahassee continues with its power restoration efforts following Hurricane Hermine. As of this afternoon, 1,988 (less than 3% of total customers) remain without power. That number is steadily decreasing, and crews will continue to work until all customers are restored.  Continue reading

Opponents Gear Up to Fight Solar Amendment

solarOpponents of a solar-energy ballot initiative backed by major utilities rolled out a coalition Wednesday that links environmentalists and the Green Party of Florida with groups of Republicans and Libertarians.

The “Vote No On 1” campaign takes aim at a proposed constitutional amendment on the November ballot that is supported by a group known as Consumers for Smart Solar.

The proposal — tagged as Amendment 1 due to its placement on the ballot — essentially would put into the state Constitution existing rules on the use of solar energy in Florida. Continue reading

Hurricane Hermine Update

005_12September 7 (2:00 p.m.) Power restoration efforts continue in Tallahassee in the aftermath of Hurricane Hermine. As of this afternoon, approximately 6,000 customers (about 8% of total customers) remain without power. Tallahassee estimates that over 1,000 trees were brought down during the storm, bringing down numerous electric poles and wires. Immediately following the storm, 80% of Tallahassee’s customers were without power. As the majority of the main feeder circuits have become operational, crews have split into smaller groups to begin addressing more targeted outage areas at the street level and sub-circuit outages. Continue reading

The Florida Public Power Community Comes Together to Aid Tallahassee in Restoration Effort

COT_016Through our social media channels, Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) has been diligently collecting and sharing images and news of the electrical grid restoration efforts in Tallahassee after Hurricane Hermine made land fall on September 2.

On the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/FloridaPublicPower and Twitter feed @FLPublicPower the photos and information can be found. If you have any news or photos that you would like us to share you can submit them to info@publicpower.com.

We will continue to keep those social media channels updated until power is restored 100%, and our men and women who have traveled from their loved ones and homes to help in these restoration efforts can return safely.