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Regulators Deal with FPL Nuclear License, Costs

Grappling with a long-discussed nuclear project in Miami-Dade County, state regulators Tuesday backed Florida Power & Light continuing to pursue a critical license for two new reactors — but turned down a company request involving costs.

The decisions by the state Public Service Commission were the latest chapter in years of controversy about a 2006 law aimed at increasing nuclear power in the state and FPL’s subsequent proposal to build the reactors at its Turkey Point complex. Julie Brown, who chairs the Public Service Commission, pointed Tuesday to key issues surrounding the project.

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Public Power Officials Gather for Mutual Aid Tabletop Exercise

Public power utility executives from across the country on Oct. 11 convened in New Orleans, La., to participate in a tabletop exercise aimed at practicing and finding areas for improvement in the American Public Power Association’s Mutual Aid Playbook, utilizing a response to a hypothetical tropical storm that makes landfall as a Category 3 hurricane along the Gulf Coast.

At the end of the exercise, several participants offered words of praise for the progress that has been made in terms of mutual aid coordination activities.

The exercise, which was hosted by the Association and facilitated by consulting firm Ascenttra, was a day-long event that revolved around a series of modules in which utility executives from the various Mutual Aid Network regions worked through challenges tied to a hypothetical hurricane called Adele.

Players were assigned to groups based on the Mutual Aid Network Region they represent.

The exercise is funded by a cooperative agreement with the Department of Energy.

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Nicole Stookey Albers Joins FMEA as New Public Affairs Manager

The Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) today announced Nicole Stookey Albers as the association’s new public affairs manager. In her role at FMEA, Albers will manage the association’s legislative affairs and social media.

“Having been a part of state government and the political process for nearly 15 years, Nicole brings a wealth of legislative and governmental affairs experience to FMEA,” said Amy Zubaly, FMEA Executive Director. “She will be a great asset to our members as we work to advance the legislative agenda of the association.”

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KUA Establishes Electrical Lineworker Scholarship

The Kissimmee Utility Authority board of directors has established an electrical lineworker scholarship in the name of its former chairman Reginald Hardee, honoring his decade of service on the utility board.

Awarded annually, the scholarship will fund a nine-month internship at the utility for a high school graduate with a desire to work as a lineworker in the electric utility industry. The intern will work a minimum of 20 hours per week in a combined classroom and hands-on setting, and can graduate from the program with a groundman certification.

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Florida Public Power Prepares for Nate

Statement by Amy Zubaly, Executive Director, Florida Municipal Electric Association
Regarding Tropical Storm Nate

“While there is still much uncertainty surrounding Tropical Storm Nate’s ultimate strength and path, Florida’s municipal electric utilities are watching it closely and are prepared to bring in power restoration resources should this storm system become a threat to Florida’s Panhandle and the public power communities located there.

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FMEA Releases Monthly Bill Comparison for August

FMEA’s Bill Comparison for August 2017 shows the average bills of public power utilities across Florida are $11.77 less than the average bills for investor-owned utilities per 1,000 kWh.

Overall, out of fifteen ranked categories, City of Mount Dora reports the lowest bills in seven categories; Lakeland Electric reports the lowest bill in five categories; the City of Tallahassee reports the lowest bills in two categories and the City of Moore Haven in one.

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TECO Deal Includes Rate Freeze, Solar Expansion

Tampa Electric Company has asked state regulators to approve a proposed agreement that would largely freeze base rates though 2021 and help lead to an expansion of solar energy.

The agreement, filed Wednesday at the state Public Service Commission and announced Thursday, came after negotiations between Tampa Electric, the state Office of Public Counsel, business groups and federal-government agencies. If approved by the Public Service Commission, it would take effect Jan. 1.

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