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Ocala Electric Utility to Recognize Florida Lineworker Appreciation Day Sunday, August 26.

Ocala Electric Utility (OEU) will join the state to celebrate Florida Lineworker Appreciation Day Sunday, Aug. 26 in honor of the men and women who risk their lives daily to ensure reliable delivery of electricity throughout Florida. OEU currently has 76 lineworkers.

“Lineworkers risk their lives to ensure their neighbors have energy flowing to their homes and businesses,” said Mike Poucher, Director, Ocala Electric Utility. “Their around-the-clock commitment and service to our community is very much appreciated. If you see our lineworkers tomorrow or any day, please give them your thanks.”

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Duke Pitches $34.5 Million Plan to Halt Power Purchases

Pointing to projected customer savings and environmental benefits, Duke Energy Florida is asking state regulators to approve a plan to spend $34.5 million to end electricity purchases from a Polk County power plant.

Duke has an agreement to buy power from Ridge Generating Station, L.P. through 2023, according to a filing last week at the Florida Public Service Commission. But Duke said the agreement is “no longer cost-effective” for its customers and, as a result, wants to pay $34.5 million to terminate the agreement.

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Social Media Campaign Honors Florida Public Power Lineworkers

In honor of Florida Lineworker Appreciation Day (August 26), the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) and Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) will recognize lineworkers from around the state during August in a new social media campaign called “Celebrating our Hometown Heroes.”

Photos and biographical information about lineworkers from Florida’s 34 public power communities will be featured on both organizations’ Facebook pages and Twitter accounts. Members of the public are encouraged to participate in the campaign by sharing the “Celebrating our Hometown Heroes” graphics, creating their own social media posts about their experiences with lineworkers and using the hashtags #ThankALineman, #LineLife and #LineworkerAppreciationDay.

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FMEA Releases Monthly Bill Comparison for June

FMEA’s Bill Comparison for June 2018 shows the average bills of public power utilities across Florida are $12.07 less than the average bills for investor-owned utilities per 1,000 kWh.

Overall, out of fifteen ranked categories; the Cities of Mount Dora and Quincy report the lowest bills in four categories each. The City of Chattahoochee reports the lowest bills in three categories. The City of Tallahassee and Lakeland Electric both report the lowest bills in two categories.

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FMEA Associate Member Spotlight – Wells Fargo

FMEA’s Associate Member of the month for August is Wells Fargo.

The famous image of the stagecoach and the reputation of the name saw Wells Fargo well through the mighty events and fantastic growth of the 20th Century. In prosperity, depression and war, even greater post-war prosperity, social changes and ever faster communications technologies, Wells Fargo’s attention to customers’ business has seen it through these great events and brought success.

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FMEA Welcomes Newest Associate Members

FMEA would like to acknowledge our newest Associate Members: Sensus and Rainey Leadership Learning. Welcome to Florida’s public power network!

Every day Sensus helps utilities, cities, industrial complexes and campuses connect data, places and people in powerful new ways to do more with their infrastructure. Improve efficiency, save money, increase safety, conserve resources, promote economic development and make a world of difference for a world of people.

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Utilities Seek Increase in Economic Development Money

Three of Florida’s largest electric utilities are asking regulators to make changes that would allow them to recover more money from customers for economic-development efforts. Florida Power & Light, Gulf Power Co. and Tampa Electric Co. filed a proposal this week asking the state Public Service Commission to revamp a rule that limits the amount of customer money that can go to economic development.

The proposal would change a formula that takes into account the utilities’ gross annual revenues and effectively caps the economic-development amount at $3 million a year. FPL currently is at the $3 million cap, while Tampa Electric is limited to $2.9 million and Gulf Power is limited to $2.3 million.

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