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FPL customers can pitch in for solar projects

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

APPA releases 2014 survey of management salaries

logoThe American Public Power Association released the 2014 Survey of Management Salaries in Local Publicly Owned Electric Utilities.

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FMPA named a top company for working families

Utility honored third consecutive year for work-life balance, competitive benefits

FMPA-300x109Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) was named by the Orlando Sentinel as one of the Top 100 Companies for Working Families in Central Florida on Monday, August 4th.

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FMEA Releases June 2014 Bill Comparison; Municipal Electric Utilities Lowest in all 15 Categories

FMEA LogoFMEA’s Bill Comparison for June 2014 shows Municipal Electric Utilities are lowest in all 15 categories.

The report compares utility bills for residential, commercial and industrial utility customers categorized by consumption in 15 categories. The report is produced monthly and includes billing information from investor-owned and municipal utilities.

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Duke Energy Progress to purchase $1.2 billion of NCEMPA generation assets

PrintDuke Energy Progress and the North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency (NCEMPA) announced Monday, July 28, that their boards of directors have approved an agreement for Duke to purchase the power agency’s ownership in certain generating assets. The $1.2 billion transaction is expected to lower wholesale electric rates for NCEMPA’s 32 member communities across eastern North Carolina, if it is carried out.

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KEYS Proactive infrared study helps prevent power outages

Infrared StudyKeys Energy Services (KEYS) Transmission and Distribution (T&D) department employees have been working to prevent power outages before they occur by identifying and repairing “hot spots” within KEYS’ service area.

Brady Infrared Company, a company hired by KEYS to perform infrared testing on transmission and distribution equipment, recently identified 135 heat anomalies, or “hot spots”, which would have resulted in power outages if left uncorrected. During the study, a special infrared camera was used to detect these anomalies, which are a red flag for future equipment failure. Continue reading

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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