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Puerto Rico Utility Cancels Contract with Whitefish Energy

The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority has cancelled a $300 million contract that the utility had entered into with Montana-based Whitefish Energy Holdings, according to multiple press reports on Oct. 29.

The announcement by PREPA Executive Director Ricardo Ramos followed on the heels of news earlier in the day that Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said he was asking PREPA’s board to immediately cancel the contract with Whitefish.

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OUC Names Finalists For CEO Search

The board of directors for the Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC – The Reliable One) has narrowed its search for a successor to Ken Ksionek, General Manager & CEO, who in July announced his retirement, effective February 2018, after leading the utility for the past 14 years.

An OUC board-selected advisory committee, comprised of Gregory Lee, OUC board president, and Linda Chapin and Tiffany Moore-Russell, community and civic leaders, assisted with the national search.

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FPL to Seek $1.3 Billion in Hurricane Irma Costs

Florida Power & Light will seek to recoup an estimated $1.3 billion from customers to cover the costs of restoring electricity after Hurricane Irma barreled through the state last month, the utility said Thursday.

The costs would start showing up in customers’ bills in March — just as they get done paying off costs from Hurricane Matthew in 2016. If the new plan is approved by the state Public Service Commission, FPL customers would continue paying Irma costs through 2020.

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Tampa Electric Customers Set to Pay Slightly More

Tampa Electric customers will see slight increases in their monthly bills in 2018, after regulators signed off Wednesday on charges for power-plant fuel and other expenses, the utility said.

A residential customer who uses 1,000 kilowatt hours of electricity a month will pay $106 starting in January, up from the current $104.68. Utilities commonly use a 1,000-kilowatt hour bill as a benchmark, though many customers use higher amounts of electricity each month. Tampa Electric and other utilities go before the Florida Public Service Commission each year to get approval for costs that are passed on to consumers.

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Regulators Sign Off on Duke Energy Deal

State regulators approved a wide-ranging settlement agreement that ends the possibility Duke Energy Florida will build a nuclear-power plant in Levy County and helps nail down base electric rates through 2021.

The Florida Public Service Commission unanimously approved the deal, which Duke reached after months of negotiations with representatives of consumers and businesses and a clean-energy group. Along with addressing the long-controversial Levy County nuclear project and base rates, the settlement calls for the utility to undertake solar-energy projects.

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FMEA Releases Monthly Bill Comparison for September

FMEA’s Bill Comparison for September 2017 shows the average bills of public power utilities across Florida are $12.10 less than the average bills for investor-owned utilities per 1,000 kWh.

Overall, out of fifteen ranked categories, City of Mount Dora reports the lowest bills in seven categories; Lakeland Electric reports the lowest bill in three categories; the City of Tallahassee reports the lowest bills in two categories and the Cities of Starke Havana and Clewiston each report being the lowest in one.

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Lawmakers Want PSC to Decide on Underground Lines

Two Republican lawmakers have revived a proposal that would make clear the Florida Public Service Commission has “exclusive jurisdiction” to decide whether underground transmission lines are required for power-plant projects.

Rep. Jayer Williamson, R-Pace, filed the House version of the proposal (HB 405) on Monday, nearly two weeks after Sen. Tom Lee, R-Thonotosassa, filed an identical Senate bill (SB 494).

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