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Regulators Back Deal to Halt Duke Power Purchases

The state Public Service Commission approved a plan that will lead to Duke Energy Florida paying $34.5 million to stop purchasing electricity from a Polk County power plant — with the expectation that the move will ultimately save money for customers.

Duke has had an agreement to buy power from Ridge Generating Station, L.P. through 2023, but Duke said in a filing that the agreement is “no longer cost-effective” for its customers. That is because so-called “avoided costs” — essentially other ways of meeting customers’ needs — have decreased. The Public Service Commission said Tuesday that ending the agreement is expected to eventually save $30 million to $35 million for customers.

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Electric Bills Suspended for Hurricane Victims

State regulators moved quickly to approve the suspension of monthly electric bills for customers of two utilities in areas hit hard by Hurricane Michael.

The state Public Service Commission approved Duke Energy Florida’s proposal to pause sending bills to customers in Bay, Gulf, Franklin and Wakulla counties and Florida Public Utility Co.’s proposal to suspend sending bills in Jackson, Calhoun and Liberty counties.

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Regulators Sign Off on TECO Solar Projects

The Florida Public Service Commission gave a key approval to a Tampa Electric Co. plan that will add five solar-energy projects in Hillsborough and Polk counties. Commissioners approved the utility being able to recoup $46 million from customers for the projects, which are a second phase of a broader plan to increase the use of solar energy.

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The Florida Municipal Electric Association Presents Building Strong Communities Awards

The Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) recently honored 13 municipal electric utilities with its 2018 Building Strong Communities Award, recognizing each utility for its commitment to enhancing the quality of life in their community.

Presented with the awards during FMEA’s annual Energy Connections Conference and Trade Show on October 24, winners were selected for community improvement programs that included: volunteering activities, science fairs, community festivals, education and awareness programs, charitable support of local nonprofits serving community members in need, energy efficiency customer rebate programs and electric safety expos.

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City of Tallahassee Joins Florida Municipal Power Agency

The city of Tallahassee, Fla., has become the 32nd municipal electric utility to join the Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA), an Orlando-based wholesale power agency owned by municipal electric utilities throughout the state.

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Power 100 Percent Restored to North Florida Public Power Customers Impacted By Hurricane Michael

Less than two weeks following the devastation of nearly Category 5 Hurricane Michael, the strongest hurricane to ever hit the Panhandle region, power has been fully restored to all public power customers who can accept power, reports the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA).

At peak, more than 400,000 customers in the region were without power with nearly 122,000 of them from five Florida public power communities – Tallahassee, Havana, Quincy, Chattahoochee and Blountstown. Tallahassee had more than 113,000, or 95 percent, of its customers out and lost nearly 60 percent of its transmission. Havana, Quincy, Chattahoochee and Blountstown were left 100 percent in the dark.

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FMPA Power Plants Outperform Industry Average for Reliability

Maintaining optimum plant performance provides low-cost power for customers

For the sixth consecutive year, the Florida Municipal Power Agency’s (FMPA) major power plants outperformed industry averages for reliability, which is key for providing low-cost wholesale electricity to the 13 cities the agency serves.

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