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KUA Joins Hurricane Florence Restoration Effort

Utility crews from Kissimmee Utility Authority are en route to Bennettsville, South Carolina this morning to help restore power in an area devastated by Hurricane Florence.

KUA sent 10 linemen, a convoy of eight vehicles and several thousand pounds of supplies to assist the Bennettsville Utility Department with the restoration of electricity. The city has approximately 9,000 residents.

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Statement By: Amy Zubaly, Executive Director, Florida Municipal Electric Association Regarding Hurricane Florence

“As Hurricane Florence bears down on the Carolinas, Florida public power has prepared to respond by engaging our network of mutual aid. More than 200 crew members and equipment from 18 Florida public power communities are standing by to assist with power restoration efforts in North Carolina and South Carolina following the impacts of dangerous Hurricane Florence, which is expected to cause widespread power outages and massive property damage.

Some Florida public power crews are already on their way to North Carolina, while others will be heading to Santee Cooper, South Carolina, immediately after the storm passes and it is safe to travel. Additional Florida public power crews are on standby to be deployed to affected areas once it is determined where they are needed following the storm.

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Mount Dora Electric Crew headed to Greenville, NC

A City of Mount Dora Electric Crew is on their way to Greenville, North Carolina to help with the predicted aftermath from Hurricane Florence.

The crew of three left the Mount Dora Public Works Department around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday and are headed straight to North Carolina.  The crew left with a bucket truck, line truck and work truck to stage and wait for the storm to pass.

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City of Tallahassee Crews to Deploy for Hurricane Florence

City of Tallahassee electric crews will deploy to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to assist with the impacts of Hurricane Florence. Currently a Category 4 hurricane with sustained winds of 130 mph, Florence is forecast to make landfall near the Carolinas and Virginia coast later this week.

City crews are expected to arrive by Thursday to provide mutual aid assistance to Santee Cooper, South Carolina’s state-owned water and electric utility.

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Lakeland Electric’s Financial Outlook Affirmed

Three major credit rating agencies, Moody’s Investors Service, Fitch Ratings, and Standard & Poor (S&P) have affirmed Lakeland Electric’s Rating Outlooks, continuing Lakeland Electric’s positive trend toward healthy financial metrics.

Moody’s affirmed the Aa3 credit rating of Lakeland Electric’s system bonds. Fitch Ratings affirmed the ‘AA-’rating and deemed the outlook as Positive. S&P assigned Lakeland Electric its ‘AA’ long-term rating.

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FMEA Associate Member Spotlight – Black & Veatch

FMEA’s Associate Member of the month for September is Black & Veatch.

Black & Veatch is an employee-owned, leading engineering, consulting and construction company with more than 100 offices worldwide. They have also been a long time partner and supporter of the Florida Public Power community and FMEA’s Annual Conference.

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FPL Seeks Extension of Voluntary Solar Program

Florida Power & Light asked state regulators to extend a program in which customers can voluntarily pay $9 a month to boost small-scale solar energy projects. The program was approved as a three-year pilot in 2014 and was extended through 2018.

The proposal filed Friday at the Florida Public Service Commission seeks approval to extend the program through December 2019. The filing said 32,848 customers were enrolled in the program through June 30.

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