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Scott, Cabinet Sign Off on FPL Power Plant

Florida Power & Light’s construction of a natural-gas fired power plant in Broward County was backed Friday by Gov. Rick Scott and the state Cabinet over objections from the Sierra Club, which contends the facility will exacerbate climate-change problems.

The approval of the new facility came after the Sierra Club failed to get Scott, state Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam to disqualify themselves from the decision because they received money from Florida Power & Light and its parent company, NextEra Energy Inc., during the recent elections.

Scott and the Cabinet serve as a “siting board” that must sign off on power-plant projects. FPL plans to build the 1,200-megawatt facility to replace two older generating units at what is known as FPL’s Lauderdale site in Dania Beach and Hollywood. Continue reading

JEA Board of Directors Names Zahn New CEO

The JEA Board of Directors named Aaron Zahn Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Managing Director.

Zahn has served as Interim CEO and Managing Director since April, 2018, when the Board of Directors voted to appoint him to lead the Authority until a permanent CEO was selected. Prior to coming to JEA, he was Chairman and CEO of BCR Environmental Corporation and also served as a JEA Board member. Zahn is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the Bob Graham Center for Public Service and a board member of the Young Presidents Organization.

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Regulators Sign Off on FPL Utility Deal

State regulators cleared the way for Florida Power & Light to finalize a long-discussed deal to buy the city of Vero Beach’s electric utility and add about 35,000 customers in Indian River County.

With approvals from the state Public Service Commission, FPL plans to close the $185 million deal by the end of the year and, after closure, immediately start serving the new customers, said Sarah Gatewood, a spokeswoman for the utility.

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Fort Pierce Utilities Authority honored as Best Place To Work

Fort Pierce Utilities Authority (FPUA) was recognized as one of the 2018 “Best Places to Work” in St. Lucie County. The award was accepted by John Tompeck, FPUA Director of Utilities and Lois Wolfe, FPUA Human Resources Manager at the 17th Annual Best Places to Work Ceremony hosted by the St. Lucie County Human Resources Association and Personnel Dynamics. The award was presented to the FPUA Board of Directors at their November 6th meeting.

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FMEA Releases Monthly Bill Comparison for October

FMEA’s Bill Comparison for October 2018 shows the average bills of public power utilities across Florida are $14.30 less than the average bills for investor-owned utilities per 1,000 kWh.

Overall, out of fifteen ranked categories; the Town of Havana was the lowest in nine categories, the City of Mount Dora had the lowest bills in five categories and the City of Starke in one.

For residential bill categories, out of three categories; the Town of Havana reported the lowest bills in all three categories.

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Regulators Urged to Approve FPL Utility Purchase

The state Public Service Commission should give key approvals to a long-discussed plan by Florida Power & Light to purchase the city of Vero Beach’s utility system, according to recommendations issued Friday by commission staff members.

The commission is slated to take up the $185 million purchase on Nov. 27. The staff, in a 26-page document, recommended approval of a series of issues, including FPL’s request to charge its rates to Vero Beach customers after the deal is completed.

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Winter Park Signs Deal with FMPA for Low-cost Wholesale Electricity

Nine-year agreement beginning January 2019 will reduce city’s bulk power costs

The city of Winter Park will see lower wholesale electric costs for the foreseeable future after city officials negotiated a new power purchase agreement with the Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA). Winter Park’s City Commission approved the agreement on Monday, and FMPA’s Executive Committee approved the contract today.

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