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Duke Seeks to Recover Costs for Solar Projects

Duke Energy Florida is moving ahead with solar-energy projects in Hamilton and Columbia counties and is asking state regulators for approval to recover the costs from customers.

Duke filed a petition Tuesday with the Florida Public Service Commission as an initial step toward collecting the money, while also announcing plans for the 74.9-megawatt solar plant in Columbia County.

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Traffic, Trees Key for Utilities in Hurricanes

Florida utility regulators say changes are needed to ensure disaster-response crews can get through traffic created by motorists fleeing hurricanes, with a priority placed on availability of fuel and lodging for restoration workers.

Also, as part of a report released Tuesday, the Florida Public Service Commission called on lawmakers to consider requiring the hardening of non-electric utility poles; allowing electric utilities to manage trees and vegetation beyond public rights of way; and expanding statewide public-education efforts about the need to trim and replace problem trees on private property.

Each of the areas targeted for legislative action, considered steps to reduce electric outages and restoration costs, is outside the jurisdiction of the Public Service Commission. Continue reading

Power Plant Projects Get Key Backing

Turning aside objections from the Sierra Club, an administrative law judge Monday recommended that Gov. Rick Scott and the state Cabinet approve a plan by Florida Power & Light to build a new power plant in Broward County.

Meanwhile, the state Department of Environmental Protection issued an order Friday giving approval to a plan by Seminole Electric Cooperative to build a plant in Putnam County.

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NextEra Finishes Florida City Gas Purchase

NextEra Energy, Inc., said Monday it has completed the purchase of Florida City Gas as part of a multibillion-dollar package announced in May that includes NextEra buying Gulf Power Co.

Florida City Gas has about 110,000 commercial and residential natural-gas customers in Miami-Dade, Brevard, St. Lucie and Indian River counties, according to NextEra, which is also the parent company of Florida Power & Light.

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KUA Earns High Scores in Customer Satisfaction

Having knowledgeable and courteous employees, high system reliability, bills that are easy to understand and convenient payment options helped Kissimmee Utility Authority maintain high overall customer satisfaction scores in 2018, according to the results of a customer satisfaction survey released today by the utility.

The 46-question survey, conducted by telephone by Cromwell, Connecticut-based research firm GreatBlue Research, Inc., measured customer satisfaction by examining six key factors: customer service, corporate leadership, communications, billing and payment, reliability and price.

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OUC Partners with the City of Orlando to Create Sustainable, Affordable Housing

OUC Commissioner Larry G. Mills, Th.D., joined Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Orlando City District 5 City Commissioner Regina I. Hill, and Bishop Allen Wiggins of The Hope Church, to celebrate the official ribbon cutting of New Horizons Apartment Homes. In partnership with The Village of Orlando and OUC—The Reliable One, the joint project resulted in the transformation of 58 previously vacant apartment homes into a showcase for affordable, sustainable and supportive housing for homeless families, with an emphasis on those who are veterans and low income families.

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Hearing Set in October on FPL Utility Deal

Florida Power & Light’s pending $185 million acquisition of Vero Beach’s city-run utility has run into challenges. The Florida Public Service Commission on June 5 gave approvals needed for the deal, which FPL said at the time it hoped to close Oct. 1.

But the Public Service Commission, in a filing Wednesday, said four challenges have been submitted and will require a two-day hearing starting Oct. 10.

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