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House Moves Forward on Solar Amendment Bill

A proposal to carry out a renewable-energy tax break that voters approved in August continues to move forward in the House, despite arguments the measure could slow the growth of solar energy in Florida.

The House Ways & Means Committee on Wednesday backed the measure (HB 1351), sponsored by Majority Leader Ray Rodrigues, R-Estero. In part, the measure would extend a residential renewable-energy tax break to commercial and industrial properties.

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Gulf Power Rate Settlement Approved

A settlement that will lead to rate increases for customers of Gulf Power in Northwest Florida was approved by state utility regulators on Tuesday, April 4.

The Public Service Commission unanimously supported the settlement agreement, which was initially announced March 20 but continued to be negotiated and was put forward Tuesday without opposition from customer groups.

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EPA tells states they need take no action on Clean Power Plan

As the Environmental Protection Agency begins its re-evaluation of the Clean Power Plan — its 2015 final rule setting limits on carbon dioxide emissions from coal- and other fossil fuel-fired power plants — EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has sent a letter to state governors reminding them that, at least for the near future, they do not need to take any action to comply with the plan.

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FPL Says it Plans More Solar in Coming Years

Florida’s largest electricity provider is bumping up its solar plans.

A little more than a month after saying it intended to double its solar-energy production in the coming year, Florida Power & Light announced Monday it plans to put up an additional 1,500 megawatts of solar over the next seven years.

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FMEA Welcomes Newest Associate Members

FMEA would like to acknowledge our newest Associate Member: Morrison Environmental Law. Welcome to Florida’s public power network!

Morrison Environmental Law focuses primarily on air quality and climate change issues. Founded by experienced environmental lawyer, Angela Morrison, the firm represents electric generating facilities, ethanol, cement, phosphate, chemical, and other manufacturers, assisting with regulatory and compliance matters at federal, state, and local levels.

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Britta K. Gross Named OUC Commissioner

Britta K. Gross, a highly respected and recognized leader in the field of alternative fuel technology programs, has joined the governing board of the Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC).

Gross currently serves as director of Advanced Vehicle Commercialization Policy at General Motors (GM), where she oversees biofuel, battery-electric (EV) and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. She will complement OUC’s ongoing efforts to pave the way for mainstream EV readiness in Central Florida.

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FMEA Releases February Bill Comparison

FMEA’s Bill Comparison for February 2017 shows the average bills of public power utilities across Florida are $11.64 less than the average bills for investor-owned utilities per 1,000 kWh.

Overall, out of fifteen ranked categories, Lakeland Electric reports the lowest bills in nine categories; City of Mount Dora reports the lowest bill in four categories; the City of Tallahassee reports the lowest bills in two categories.

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