Author Archives: Garnie Holmes

Lawmakers Move Closer on Solar Tax Break

The House and Senate are set to take up proposals that would carry out a voter-approved expansion of a renewable-energy tax break, as bill language appears to have become more agreeable to solar proponents. Gone from a House proposal (HB … Continue reading

Florida Municipal Electric Association, Nhu Energy and Florida Energy Office Awarded Major Federal Grant to Bring More Solar Energy to the Sunshine State

Florida team selected through a competitive evaluation process Joining together under the name Florida Alliance for Accelerating Solar and Storage Technology Readiness (FAASSTeR), the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA), Nhu Energy and the Florida Energy Office have been awarded a … Continue reading

EPA agrees to reconsider power plant wastewater discharge rule

The Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to reconsider a final rule issued by the federal agency in 2015 that regulates wastewater discharges from steam electric power plants. At issue is a EPA rule, “Effluent Limitations Guidelines and Standards for the … Continue reading

Duke Customers Could Face Higher Bills

Pointing to higher-than-expected fuel costs, Duke Energy Florida filed a proposal Thursday to increase residential customers’ monthly bills by about 5 percent in July. Duke filed the request at the state Public Service Commission and asked that it be considered … Continue reading

Electric Utilities Director – City of Bushnell

Pay Range $62,000 – $102,230 Based upon experience with excellent benefits package. The City of Bushnell is a small city in central Florida that is “Committed to the Quality of Life” and serves 2600 residents. We are currently seeking to … Continue reading

Arbitrators Rule on Valuation of SECO Assets within Bushnell

The City of Bushnell has been a municipal electric utility provider since 1919, for nearly 100 years. In 1981, the City of Bushnell and Sumter Electric Cooperative, Inc. (now known as SECO Energy), entered into an Electric Service Franchise Agreement … Continue reading

Florida Municipal Utilities Gather Customer Input on Solar Power

A majority of electric customers in 10 Florida cities believe utilities should investigate solar power, but if solar power increases electric bills, only a small percentage of customers are willing to pay more, according to research sponsored by the Florida … Continue reading