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Locally owned utilities shine at providing reliable electricity

Municipal utility customers enjoy quicker repairs, shorter outages, fewer interruptions

FLMuniMembersMap-01Customers of many of Florida’s locally owned electric utilities enjoyed quicker repairs, shorter outages and fewer interruptions in service than many customers of private utilities in 2013, according to a new report.

The report, compiled by the Florida Municipal Power Agency, tracks the reliability of the electric distribution systems of 25 municipal electric utilities in Florida and compares them to publicly available data for Florida’s investor-owned utilities. Measuring distribution reliability enables utilities to gauge their performance, evaluate procedures and ensure high levels of service to their customers.

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Free Community Solar Scenario Tool now available

logoThe American Public Power Association (APPA) recently worked with the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) to provide input on a Community Solar Scenario Tool developed by NREL. NREL has now launched this tool on their website.

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FMEA Releases May 2014 Bill Comparison; Municipal Electric Utilities Lowest in all 15 Categories

WebFMEA’s Bill Comparison for May 2014 shows Municipal Electric Utilities are lowest in all 15 categories.

The report compares utility bills for residential, commercial and industrial utility customers categorized by consumption in 15 categories. The report is produced monthly and includes billing information from investor-owned and municipal utilities.
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Energy Department launches Microgrid competition to support resiliency in communities across America

DOEThe Energy Department has launched the Microgrid 2014 MVP Challenge, a competition to support resiliency and adaptation in communities across America. The Challenge will recognize local organizations that have adopted successful grid strategies which can continue providing vital public services during power disruptions caused by severe weather and other events. As part of the Obama Administration’s Climate Action Plan, the competition advances the President’s commitment to helping the nation prepare for the impacts of climate change.

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Florida Move Over Act now protects utility vehicles

Utility crews will soon be protected by the Florida Move Over Act, as they work on the side of roads and highways.

Effective July 1st, the Act will be amended to include utility service vehicles and sanitation vehicles to the list of public safety vehicles motorists must already slow down or move over for to protect personnel. The amended language was written by Florida Rep. Holly Raschein (R-Key Largo) and Sen. Greg Evers (R-Pensacola) and passed as part of a larger omnibus transportation package (HB 7005), spearheaded by Rep. Daniel Davis (R-Jacksonville).

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Florida Municipal Electric Association Reminds You… When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors

Hurricane season is here. In observance of National Lightning Safety Awareness Week which runs from June 22–28, 2014, FMEA would like to remind you that if you hear thunder, it means lightening is within range of striking. Remember…When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!

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Utility regulator openings draw familiar names

1With a series of major issues looming in the future for utilities and regulators, two upcoming vacancies on the Florida Public Service Commission have drawn 33 applicants — including Commissioner Julie Brown, who is seeking appointment to another four-year term.

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