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FMEA Releases Monthly Bill Comparison for July

FMEA’s Bill Comparison for July 2018 shows the average bills of public power utilities across Florida are $11.55 less than the average bills for investor-owned utilities per 1,000 kWh.

Overall, out of fifteen ranked categories; the City of Mount Dora reported the lowest bills in four categories. The City of Tallahassee, Lakeland Electric, Florida Power & Light and the City of Quincy each reported the lowest bills in two categories. The Cities of Wauchula, Chattahoochee and Bartow all reported the lowest bills in one category.

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Gulf Power Bills to Tick Down in 2019

Pointing to savings from the federal tax overhaul and lower costs, Gulf Power Co. said Wednesday customers likely will see reductions in their monthly bills in 2019.

Gulf, which has about 460,000 customers in Northwest Florida, reduced electric rates in April because of the federal tax law, which, in part, cut corporate income-tax rates. The utility said in a news release that additional savings from the tax overhaul will be passed along to customers in 2019.

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Tampa Electric Bills Could Drop 8 Percent

Tampa Electric Co. announced it has filed proposals with state regulators that could lead to an 8 percent reduction in customers’ monthly power bills.

The utility, which has about 750,000 customers in West Central Florida, said the reduction stems from a combination of factors, including lower fuel and environmental-compliance costs.

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New Video Released in Recognition of Florida Lineworker Appreciation Day

Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) and Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) today released a new video produced in recognition of Florida Lineworker Appreciation Day, which is this Sunday, Aug. 26. The video features photos of Florida public power lineworkers, as well as lineworkers from mutual aid electric utilities, in action conducting day-to-day operations, participating in national and state competitions and managing post-hurricane power restoration efforts.

Posted on both organizations’ social media platforms, the video can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FloridaMunicipalPowerAgency/ and www.facebook.com/floridapublicpower/, and also on Twitter at twitter.com/fmpanews and twitter.com/flpublicpower.

The video follows another joint effort by FMEA and FMPA to honor lineworkers during the month of August. A social media campaign called “Celebrating our Hometown Heroes” recognizes individual lineworkers from Florida’s public power communities through graphics featuring their photos and biographical information.

Members of the public are encouraged to use their own social media accounts to recognize Florida Lineworker Appreciation Day by sharing this video, sharing “Celebrating our Hometown Heroes” campaign graphics, writing notes of thanks to lineworkers employed by their local utility and using the hashtags #ThankALineman, #LineLife and #LineworkerAppreciationDay.

There are more than 1,000 lineworkers serving Florida’s 34 public power communities. In 2012, the Florida House of Representatives designated Aug. 26 as Florida Lineworker Appreciation Day – a date that was selected in remembrance of Marc Moore, a lineworker for Lakeland Electric, who was tragically killed on the job in 2002.

KUA Breaks Ground on Largest Electrical Substation in Kissimmee

Kissimmee Utility Authority has begun construction on a new $20 million electrical substation in Kissimmee, the largest substation in its 85-square mile service area.

The Domingo Toro Substation will provide power for current and future customers in east Kissimmee, including NeoCity—a new 500-acre master-planned technology district being developed by Osceola County. NeoCity is slated to become a significant and comprehensive global center for smart sensor, photonics and nano-technology research and development.

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FPL Moves Forward with Broward, Martin Plans

Florida Power & Light has filed a proposal with state regulators that is part of plans to shut down aging power-generating units in Broward and Martin counties.

The proposal, filed Friday at the state Public Service Commission, involves accounting issues related to the shutdown of two generating units at FPL’s Lauderdale plant in Broward County and two units at a Martin County plant.

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Regulators Sign Off on Tampa Electric Savings

Customers of Tampa Electric Co. will see lower rates as the utility uses savings from last year’s federal tax package to offset hurricane-restoration costs.

The Florida Public Service Commission on Monday approved Tampa Electric’s proposal to reduce rates the equivalent of $6.50 a month for residential customers who use 1,000 kilowatt hours of electricity, once “true-up” costs for past storm work are settled.

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