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Key West Utility Board approves purchase share of radio system

KEYSThe Utility Board of the City of Key West recently approved a payment to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) in the amount of $348,343.42 for Keys Energy Services (KEYS) share of a new local 800 megahertz (MHz) Radio System. Continue reading

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

FMEA LogoFMEA’s Bill Comparison for July 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. Continue reading

Gov. Scott gets list of candidates for PSC post

topnsflogoA nominating panel sent the names of seven finalists to Gov. Rick Scott as he prepares to make appointments to two seats on the Florida Public Service Commission.

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Supreme Court upholds FPL rate deal

topnsflogoSaying it gives “great deference” to utility regulators, the state Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously rejected a challenge to rate increases approved in 2012 for Florida Power & Light.

The state Office of Public Counsel, which represents consumers in utility issues, fought the rate increases that stemmed from a deal reached by FPL and some major power users. The Florida Public Service Commission approved a $350 million base-rate increase, along with plans for additional increases tied to three new power plants.
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Global warming heats up Governor’s office

topnsflogoA political committee linked with California tycoon Tom Steyer unleashed its fifth television ad attacking Republican Gov. Rick Scott this week.

Steyer has pledged to spend plenty of green — $50 million in seven states, including $10 million in Florida — targeting climate-change skeptics like Scott.

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Florida lineworkers honored with special day

FMEA LogoAugust 26 is designated Lineworkers Appreciation Day in Florida. Electric utilities across the state will be honoring the men and women across Florida that work tirelessly in varying conditions to make sure our lights stay on. Continue reading

Duke Energy called to explain billing change

topnsflogoDuke Energy Florida will have to explain to state regulators an ongoing change in its billing process that two lawmakers say is spiking costs.

Public Service Commission Chairman Art Graham on Monday, Aug. 25, asked Duke Energy Florida President Alex Glenn to appear at a Sept. 4 meeting to address concerns raised by state Sens. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, and Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, about billing-cycle adjustments and related increased customer payments. Continue reading