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U.S., Canada and Mexico unveil goal for 50% clean power in North America by 2025

Alternative_EnergiesThe leaders of the U.S., Mexico and Canada on June 29 unveiled a sweeping climate, clean energy and environment partnership action plan that calls for working to achieve a goal for North America of 50 percent clean power generation by 2025, supporting the development of cross-border transmission projects and better aligning and further improving appliance and equipment efficiency standards.

Details of the action plan were unveiled by President Obama, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Enrique Pena Nieto, president of Mexico, at the North American Leaders Summit in Ottawa, Canada.

The White House noted in a news release that the action plan identifies deliverables to be achieved and activities to be pursued by the three countries.
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New Poll Shows Support For Solar Constitutional Amendments

solar-energy-storage-TexasFloridians apparently favor an alternative-energy constitutional amendment backed by the state’s largest utilities more than an alternative-energy proposal that has support from both conservationists and business groups, according to a new poll released Tuesday. The online survey by Saint Leo University Polling Institute found that 77 percent of those queried support the utility-backed “Consumers for Smart Solar” initiative. Another seven percent opposed the measure, and 16 percent remained undecided.

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Guarriello, KUA and JEA Receive National Awards

FMEA members recognized for contributions to public power and their communities

L-R: Doug Hunter, APPA president, Nick Guarriello, FMPA general manager and CEO, Andy Boatright, APPA president-elect

L-R: Doug Hunter, APPA president,
Nick Guarriello, FMPA general manager and CEO, Andy Boatright, APPA president-elect

At its national conference in Phoenix, Ariz., the American Public Power Association (APPA) presented awards to three Florida Municipal Electric Association members: Nicholas Guarriello of the Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA), Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA), and JEA.

FMPA’s Guarriello, general manager and CEO, received the James D. Donovan Individual Achievement Award.

This honor recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the electric utility industry and to public power. Guarriello has spent more than 46 years in the utility industry and has been at his current position as general manager and CEO since 2008. He played a key role in forming FMPA and has served municipal utilities as project manager for power supply studies, bond financings, expert testimony, contractual analyses, and negotiations. Continue reading

Solar Initiative Backers Spend $6.5 million on Advertising

cloudGet ready for a barrage of advertising about a proposed constitutional amendment on solar energy.

Consumers for Smart Solar, a political committee seeking to pass the ballot initiative in November, paid $6.5 million last month to a Virginia firm for advertising, according to a newly filed finance report.

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PSC Considers Possible Refund from FPL Drilling Project

FL Public Service CommHow much credit Florida Power & Light customers receive, if any, for the company’s investment in a controversial Oklahoma drilling project will depend in part on daily natural-gas prices since March 2015.

The Florida Supreme Court on May 19 ruled that the state Public Service Commission didn’t have legal authority in 2014 to approve FPL’s request to invest in the Woodford Gas Reserves drilling and production project. Staff for FPL and the Public Service Commission discussed Friday how to handle $78.4 million that was invested in the project from March 2015 through May 19. Staff members appeared to agree that before any refund can be set, auditors will have to determine the cost of natural gas FPL received from the Woodford project during that time, calculating daily volumes of gas sold with daily fluctuations in the market price for the gas.

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Fannie Mae Offers Option to Fund Solar, Efficiency

f2The following article was published by Greentech Media. It can be viewed here.

Tying home energy-efficiency upgrades to property tax bills has become incredibly popular in just the past few years, at least in California.

Property-assessed clean energy (PACE) programs for houses have morphed into a $2 billion industry nearly overnight. Now, Fannie Mae is offering a new program that could bring another flavor of property-tied energy improvements to the wider U.S. market.

Fannie Mae’s HomeStyle Energy Program is a mortgage option that allows borrowers to finance clean energy upgrades equal to up to 15 percent of the as-completed appraised value of the home. Solar PV is also an option, along with energy- and water-efficiency retrofits. It is available for single-family homes and multifamily homes of up to four units.

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Renewable Energy Backers Gear Up Campaign

mediaGroups backing a proposed constitutional amendment focused on renewable energy will move forward Wednesday, June 1 with a social-media campaign to try to reach voters. Florida for Solar and Floridians 4 Lower Energy Costs will use Twitter, Facebook and other online venues where people can share information about the proposed amendment on the Aug. 30 primary ballot. The proposal would give commercial property owners a tax break on renewable-energy devices similar to one given to residential property owners.

“You want to make sure everybody understands what’s going on,” said Tory Perfetti, chairman of Floridians 4 Lower Energy Costs. “You start and you keep growing and growing and growing from there.” There is no announced opposition to the proposal, but one aim of the groups will be making people aware that the August amendment isn’t linked to a more controversial initiative on the November ballot by a group called Consumers for Smart Solar.

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