A nominating panel sent the names of seven finalists to Gov. Rick Scott as he prepares to make appointments to two seats on the Florida Public Service Commission.
Saying it gives “great deference” to utility regulators, the state Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously rejected a challenge to rate increases approved in 2012 for Florida Power & Light.
The state Office of Public Counsel, which represents consumers in utility issues, fought the rate increases that stemmed from a deal reached by FPL and some major power users. The Florida Public Service Commission approved a $350 million base-rate increase, along with plans for additional increases tied to three new power plants.
A political committee linked with California tycoon Tom Steyer unleashed its fifth television ad attacking Republican Gov. Rick Scott this week.
Steyer has pledged to spend plenty of green — $50 million in seven states, including $10 million in Florida — targeting climate-change skeptics like Scott.
August 26 is designated Lineworkers Appreciation Day in Florida. Electric utilities across the state will be honoring the men and women across Florida that work tirelessly in varying conditions to make sure our lights stay on. Continue reading
Duke Energy Florida will have to explain to state regulators an ongoing change in its billing process that two lawmakers say is spiking costs.
Public Service Commission Chairman Art Graham on Monday, Aug. 25, asked Duke Energy Florida President Alex Glenn to appear at a Sept. 4 meeting to address concerns raised by state Sens. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, and Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, about billing-cycle adjustments and related increased customer payments. Continue reading
More than 500 customers of Kissimmee Utility Authority have signed up for the utility’s Kissimmee Round-Up program.
State regulators Tuesday, August 12, approved a program that will allow Florida Power & Light customers to voluntarily chip in $9 a month to help pay for solar-energy projects — despite opposition from two groups that work to expand the use of solar power. Continue reading