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Gulf Power unveils solar plan

Solar Power StationGulf Power on Thursday, January 22 asked state regulators to approve a plan that would lead to large solar-energy facilities on three military bases in Northwest Florida. The solar facilities would total 120 megawatts and would be built at Eglin Air Force Base in Okaloosa County, the Navy’s Holley Field in Santa Rosa County and the Navy’s Saufley Field in Escambia County, according to the company and a regulatory filing.

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DOE releases voluntary code of conduct for safeguarding customer data

logoThe Department of Energy has released its Smart Grid Data Privacy Voluntary Code of Conduct (VCC), a set of guidelines developed over the last two years on steps utilities and others can take to safeguard the privacy of their customers’ energy usage data. The final VCC was coordinated by DOE’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, working with the Federal Smart Grid Task Force, with help from stakeholders in the electricity industry.

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FPL drilling project faces supreme court fight

topnsflogo Attorneys for utility ratepayers plan to ask the state Supreme Court to reject a decision that would allow Florida Power & Light to invest in a natural-gas drilling project in Oklahoma and pass along the costs to customers. The state Office of Public Counsel, which represents ratepayers, filed a notice Tuesday, January 20th,  that it will appeal a decision reached last month by the Florida Public Service Commission.

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Lawmakers Seek to Cut Ties Between Utilities and Regulators

topnsflogoA group of Pinellas County lawmakers recently backed a wide-ranging bill intended to end the appearance of cozy relationships between state utility regulators and power companies.

The bill (SB 288), filed by Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, also takes aim at the amounts electric utilities can charge customers for deposits, seeks to limit rate increases imposed through extended billing cycles and would require members of the Public Service Commission to complete ethics training similar to the training lawmakers receive.
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Osceola County Power Plant Celebrates 20 Years of Service

cane-island-power-parkElectric customers in 13 cities throughout Florida have enjoyed two decades of reliable, affordable electricity thanks to an Osceola County, Fla., power plant that celebrates its 20th birthday today.

The first generator at Cane Island Power Park began operating on Jan. 1, 1995. Three additional generators were later added to the site, bringing its total electrical generating capacity to 710 megawatts or enough to serve approximately 142,000 homes.  Continue reading

Energy Department Rings in the New Year with New Efficiency Standards for Lighting and Ice Makers

GRAPHIC_StandersLegislationOn the last day of 2014, the Department of Energy (DOE) completed new standards for fluorescent tube light bulbs and commercial ice makers, capping a tremendous year of progress for the agency’s efficiency standards efforts. By improving the efficiency of the overhead light bulbs that illuminate millions of offices across the U.S., the new fluorescent lamp standards will cut energy waste and save businesses billions of dollars. The updated commercial ice maker standards will do the same for the millions of restaurants, hotels, and other establishments that use this equipment. As part of the new lighting rule, DOE also decided to leave reflector lamp standards unchanged.  Continue reading

FMEA Releases Bill Comparison for November 2014

WebFMEA’s Bill Comparison for November 2014 shows Municipal Electric Utilities are lowest in 15 of 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.  Continue reading