A controversial solar-energy ballot initiative fell short short of the 60 percent voter approval it needed Tuesday, concluding for now one of the most-expensive constitutional amendment campaigns in Florida history.
Opponents who argued the amendment would hinder the development of alternative energy in Florida, celebrated the defeat of the measure, known as Amendment 1, as most counties continued posting results. As of 9:30 p.m. (November 8), the amendment had received support of about 51 percent of voters — far below the 60 percent threshold, according to the state Division of Elections website.
Despite some changes to reassure the business community, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection continued to hear objections Monday to a pollution-notification rule proposed in the wake of high-profile incidents in Pinellas and Polk counties that raised questions about state environmental regulations.
Overall, Lakeland Electric reported lowest bills in five categories, and the City of Mount Dora reported the lowest bill in four categories. The City of Tallahassee, The City of Moore Haven and Florida Power & Light Co. reported lowest bills in two categories.
For residential bills, The City of Moore Haven is lowest in two categories, and Florida Power & Light Co. is lowest in one category.
The Florida Supreme Court on Friday, November 4, dismissed a pair of legal moves aimed at striking down a solar-energy ballot initiative backed by major utilities.
In terse, single-line statements, justices dismissed as “moot” requests by the Florida Solar Energy Industries Association and the group Floridians for Solar Choice to reconsider the court’s approval of ballot language for the initiative known as Amendment 1.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has given an environmental approval to a potential Florida Power & Light project to build two nuclear reactors at the utility’s Turkey Point complex in Miami-Dade County.
FPL is in the process of seeking what are known as “combined operating licenses” for the reactors.
State regulators Wednesday approved an agreement that calls for at least a temporary moratorium on “hedging” of natural-gas prices by electric utilities. Hedging is a financial practice aimed at addressing the volatility of prices for natural gas used to fuel power plants.
But the state Office of Public Counsel, which represents consumers, and business groups have argued that hedging has led to losses for utility customers. The state Public Service Commission on Wednesday approved an agreement reached by the utilities and hedging critics to place a moratorium on new hedges through 2017 while the parties study and negotiate the issue.
Duke Energy on Wednesday named a new state president in Florida, as current President Alex Glenn will move to a position in Charlotte, N.C. with the utility company.
Harry Sideris, 46, senior vice president of environmental, health and safety for Duke, will take over as state president in Florida effective Jan. 1, the company said.