FMEA News Feed

FPL, Broward Battle Nursing Home Subpoenas

Arguing they should not have to turn over documents, Florida Power & Light and Broward County have been battling subpoenas from a Hollywood nursing home where residents died after Hurricane Irma knocked out its air-conditioning system.

Attorneys for The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills served subpoenas on FPL and the county as part of a case in which the nursing home is challenging a state decision to revoke its license. The subpoenas seek documents about FPL’s power-restoration efforts during and after Hurricane Irma and records from the Broward County medical examiner’s office about the residents’ deaths.

Continue reading

House Panel Approves Bill That Retains Tax Exemption for Municipal Bonds

The House Ways and Means Committee on Nov. 9 approved H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, while Senate Finance Committee Republicans released their own version of the bill. Both versions would retain the current-law tax exemption for municipal bonds, while prohibiting the issuance of advanced refunding bonds. The repeal is estimated to raise $17 billion in federal revenues.

The American Public Power Association continues to work with other stakeholders, including the Large Public Power Council, the Public Finance Network, and the Municipal Bonds for America coalition, to retain the ability to advance refund existing debt.

Continue reading

The Florida Municipal Electric Association Presents Building Strong Communities Awards

The Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) recently honored 12 municipal electric utilities with its 2017 Building Strong Communities Award, recognizing each utility for its commitment to enhancing the quality of life in their community.

Presented with the awards during FMEA’s annual Energy Connections Conference and Trade Show on November 8, winners were selected for community improvement programs that included: volunteering activities, science fairs, community festivals, education and awareness programs, charitable support of local nonprofits serving community members in need, energy efficiency customer rebate programs and electric safety expos.

Continue reading

Tampa Electric CEO, Gillette to Retire

Gordon Gillette, the president and CEO of Tampa Electric Company, will retire Nov. 30 and be replaced by an executive from the utility’s parent company, Emera Inc.

Gillettee, who has been with TECO for 36 years, appeared at a state Public Service Commission meeting Monday as regulators considered a rate settlement. “I see a bright future for Tampa Electric Company and our customers,” Gillette said.

Continue reading

FPL Seeks State Go-Ahead for Utility Deal

After what it described as “very extended discussions and negotiations,” Florida Power & Light is asking state regulators to clear the way for a $185 million deal to purchase a utility system run by the city of Vero Beach.

FPL filed documents Friday at the state Public Service Commission seeking approval of changes needed to carry out the deal, which was finalized by the city and FPL last month. It comes after a long-running debate about utility service in Indian River County — a debate that included a Florida Supreme Court ruling last year in a dispute between the city and county.

Continue reading

Tax Plan Retains Exemption for Municipal Bond Interest

The tax exemption for municipal bond interest would remain largely unchanged under a tax plan unveiled Nov. 2 by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas.

In October, more than 450 public power utilities sent a letter to congressional Republican leaders and administration officials in support of their decision to retain the current-law tax exemption for municipal bonds in a tax reform framework announced by President Donald Trump in September. Continue reading

Association Responds to PREPA Request for Power Restoration Assistance

The American Public Power Association and the Edison Electric Institute on Oct. 31 received a letter from Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority CEO Ricardo Ramos seeking assistance in bringing resources to Puerto Rico to support power restoration on the island.

In response, Sue Kelly, president and CEO of the Association, and Tom Kuhn, president of EEI, sent a letter to Ramos on Oct. 31 saying that the utility groups “look forward to working with you and with our government partners and their contractors to bring crews, equipment, material, and technical experts to the island to restore power for the people of Puerto Rico.”

Continue reading