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Florida Municipal Electric Association Announces First Ever “Restoring Communities Awards”

Association recognizes municipal electric utilities for their power restoration efforts following Hurricanes Hermine and Matthew

The Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) has announced its “Restoring Communities Awards,” which recognize the tireless efforts of municipal electric utilities that worked to quickly and safely restore power to Florida communities in the aftermaths of Hurricanes Hermine and Matthew. Receiving recognition are both municipal electric utility members affected by the hurricanes and those who rushed to the aid of their fellow municipal electric utilities. Members were selected based on restoration times, customer communications efforts and the levels of mutual aid provided.

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Lakeland Electric Launches New Interactive Website

Lakeland Electric has launched the Apogee Interactive EMPOWER Platform suite of customer engagement applications to help its customers better understand their energy usage and give them choices in how they interact with their utility.

In conjunction with the launch of a new consumer-friendly website, Lakeland Electric chose the EMPOWER Platform because it puts utility customers in control of their energy consumption by recommending the most appropriate electric pricing plans, showing them how their personal behaviors as well as the weather impact electric bills, alerting them when their energy usage hits a certain level, and giving them detailed electric usage data by integrating with Lakeland Electric’s smart meter system.  By getting customers to be more efficient and thoughtful about their energy usage now, Lakeland Electric can help offset future generation costs and keep customer rates among the lowest in Florida.

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House Proposes Changes in Utility Regulation

With a key lawmaker pointing to a need for “fresh thinking,” a House panel approved a proposal that would revamp regulation of Florida’s electric utilities.

The bill would require that members of the Florida Public Service Commission be appointed from five different regions of the state, move a consumer advocate’s office under the attorney general and create a performance-based incentive system for utilities.

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House Pitches Changes at Public Services Commission

A House panel Wednesday is expected to take up a bill that would revamp the Florida Public Service Commission and the state Office of Public Counsel and place new requirements on utility regulation. The bill (PCB EUS 17-01) would lead to the appointment of Public Service Commission members from five different districts of the state.

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Lakeland Electric Fuel Charge Increases for Next Quarter

The Lakeland City Commission voted to increase the electric fuel charge for Lakeland Electric customers for the next fiscal quarter (April/May/June 2017). This is the first increase in the fuel rate in over two years. Within the last year, the financial reserve for fuels had been over-collected by approximately $7 million. With time, this surplus has lessened and it is now time to take action to keep the reserve balanced.

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APPA Releases Report on America’s Electricity Generation Capacity

The American Public Power Association has released the eleventh annual report on current and imminent electricity generation capacity in America. The report looks at generation capacity by types of fuel, location, and ownership type.

According to the report, America currently has over 1.19 million megawatts of generation capacity. The largest fuel source is natural gas accounting for nearly 43 percent of all generation capacity. Coal is second, with a share of just over 24 percent of capacity. Nuclear, hydro, and wind combine for just over 24 percent of capacity and solar currently constitutes two percent of all capacity.

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FMEA Associate Member Spotlight – Burns & McDonnell

FMEA’s Associate Member Spotlight of the Month for March is on Burns & McDonnell.

Founded in 1898, Burns & McDonnell is a family of companies made up of more than 5,700 engineers, architects, construction professionals, scientists, consultants and entrepreneurs with offices across the country and throughout the world. They offer more than 350 services with a strong focus on energy and the electric utility industry.

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