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Power companies ask to scale back energy efficiency goals

deyoung_corporate_taos_solar1Florida’s biggest electric providers are asking state regulators this week to let them scale back energy-efficiency programs — such as rebates for installing solar panels and power-saving appliances — that they say have become expensive and benefit few customers.

But conservationists argue that dramatically reducing energy-efficiency programs will only result in higher monthly bills for customers as the utilities eventually will need to build more natural-gas and nuclear power plants.

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FMEA members elect new officers

PrintMembers of the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) have elected Bud Para, chief public affairs officer for JEA, as president of the organization’s board of directors. Other elected officers include, Mike New, city manager for the City of Newberry, as president-elect; Nona Jones, community and government relations director for GRU, as vice president; and, Clay Lindstrom, electric utility director for Lake Worth Utilities, as secretary-treasurer.

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House bill would bar FCC pre-emption of state laws blocking municipal broadband

downloadThe House passed a fiscal year 2015 Financial Services Appropriations bill (H.R. 5016) with an amendment that is intended to bar the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from pre-empting state laws that block state and local governments from providing broadband service.

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Local utility leaders elected to lead statewide agency

Public officials, utility managers to lead wholesale power agency for 2014-2015

1363270018_691gavelManagers and public officials from municipal electric utilities throughout Florida elected eight of their own to lead a statewide power agency in 2014-2015.

Elections for the Florida Municipal Power Agency’s Board of Directors, All-Requirements Project Executive Committee and the Policy Makers Liaisons Committee took place at the Agency’s annual meeting held July 18, 2014, in Naples, Fla.

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Local utilities celebrate 20 years of supply savings

Joint Purchasing Project has enabled municipal utilities to bid together since 1994

Florida Municipal Power AgencyFlorida’s municipal electric utilities save on supplies and streamline purchasing thanks to a program founded 20 years ago.

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Utility Board of the City of Key West approves strategic plan, emphasizes safety, reliability

KeysEnergyLogoThe Utility Board of the City of Key West approved Keys Energy Services (KEYS) Fiscal Year (FY)* 2015 – 2016 strategic plan during their regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, July 9th. The goals and strategies were developed during KEYS’ Strategic Planning Workshop on May 1st & 2nd. Also approved during this time were utility values as well as a revised vision and mission statements.

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Sound pricing, communication are among keys to distributed generation, expert panel says

logoWith the solar industry continuing to grow at a rapid pace, a panel at APPA’s National Conference in June in Denver discussed ways to offer the best distributed generation options for customers while harnessing booming technologies. While not all customers may want solar, utilities ought to engage their customers, work out policies and know their competition in the space regardless, the panel of three public power executives and a solar industry expert agreed at the session moderated by APPA President and CEO Sue Kelly.

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