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Florida Municipal Electric Association Urges Customers to Take Advantage of ENERGY STAR Tax Breaks

1558377_753166128054943_1393356969192742428_nIn an effort to promote energy efficiency and help customers lower their energy consumption and reduce their electric bills, the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) encourages customers to take advantage of the ENERGY STAR sales tax break in Florida.

From September 19 to September 21, 2014, shoppers will get a sales tax break on certain ENERGY STAR products. ENERGY STAR products include room air conditioners, air purifiers, ceiling fans, clothes washers, clothes dryers, dehumidifiers, dishwashers, freezers, refrigerators, water heaters and swimming pool pumps. The sales tax break also applies to certain products carrying the WaterSense label for water efficiency.

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City of Tallahassee offers double rebates for Energy Star and natural gas appliances

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To encourage energy efficiency and stimulate the local economy, the City of Tallahassee will double its existing rebates on certain ENERGY STAR and natural gas appliances purchased locally starting Monday, September 15. The program was approved by the Tallahassee City Commission at its regular meeting Wednesday, September 10. Continue reading

Utility regulators delve into Duke billing issue

topnsflogoState Sen. Charlie Dean, R-Inverness, offered Thursday, September 4, to carry legislation to prevent power companies from temporarily pushing customers into a higher rate bracket by extending billing cycles.

Dean’s proposal to the Florida Public Service Commission came as some Duke Energy Florida customers have received, or may soon get, higher-than-usual monthly bills because of an ongoing effort by the utility to streamline meter-reading routes throughout Central and North Florida. Continue reading

NERC plans major new initiative on cybersecurity information sharing

logoThe North American Electric Reliability Corp.’s 2015 budget proposal includes a major new cybersecurity initiative, the Cybersecurity Risk Information Sharing Program (CRISP). NERC is proposing an overall 2015 budget of $66.65 million, an increase of $10.26 million (18.2 percent) over the 2014 budget. CRISP will cost about $8.94 million, but other participants in the program will pay the vast majority of NERC’s 2015 costs for CRISP.  Continue reading

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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