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Energy Company Looks at Smart Meters ‘Holistically’

smart-meter-measurements-difficult-to-understandIberdrola USA, which has two utility subsidiaries in New York and one in Maine, looks at smart meters “holistically,” said Laney Brown, director of smart grid planning and programs at Iberdrola USA, on Oct. 29, during a webinar held by GTM Research.

“If you looked at it specifically for customer engagement or energy efficiency, I think it wouldn’t be cost justified, it wouldn’t make sense for that application only,” Brown said in response to the question of whether smart meters are a necessity in terms of boosting energy efficiency penetration.
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FMEA Releases September 2015 Bill Comparison

Bill Comparison_100915-01FMEA’s Bill Comparison for September 2015 shows Municipal Electric Utilities are lowest in 15 of 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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FPL Coal Plant Deal Goes to Appeals Court

FLPA group of major electricity users is appealing a decision by the state Public Service Commission that would lead to Florida Power & Light buying — and ultimately shutting down — a coal-fired power plant in Jacksonville. The Florida Industrial Power Users Group took the issue last week to the 1st District Court of Appeal, according to commission and court websites.

The power users group, which frequently takes part in utility-regulatory cases, argued at the Public Service Commission against Florida Power & Light’s $520.5 million deal to buy the Cedar Bay power plant near the St. Johns River. At least in part, the group argued that FPL agreed to pay too much for the plant. The Public Service Commission signed off on the deal Aug. 27 after FPL reached a settlement agreement with the state Office of Public Counsel, which represents consumers in utility issues.

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Florida Joins Lawsuit Against EPA Power Plant Rule

Added Color 2010 AG Seal Vector color OUTLINES white bkgrndFlorida Attorney General Pam Bondi has signed onto a multi-state lawsuit challenging an Obama administration rule that requires reduced carbon emissions from power plants.

The lawsuit, filed Friday, October 23, in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, is spearheaded by West Virginia and includes two dozen states.

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Florida Supreme Court Approves Solar Initiative

cloudThe Florida Supreme Court on Thursday approved a proposed ballot initiative that seeks to expand the use of solar energy, moving the state one step closer to a fierce political battle next year.

Making clear they were not offering an opinion on the merits of the proposal, justices ruled 6-1 that the initiative, backed by a group called Floridians for Solar Choice, met legal standards to go before voters. The group now will have to submit 683,149 valid petition signatures by Feb. 1 to qualify for the November 2016 ballot — about 500,000 more than it had submitted as of Thursday morning.
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FMPA CEO Guarriello Announces Retirement


Nicholas P. Guarriello announced today that he will retire in 2016 as General Manager and CEO of the Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) after seven years leading the Orlando-based wholesale power supplier.

“After considerable thought and discussion with my wife and family, it is time for me to retire,” said Guarriello today at FMPA’s Board of Directors meeting.

Guarriello has more than 46 years of experience in the utility industry. He joined FMPA in September 2008 as interim General Manager and one year later was officially named General Manager and CEO.

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FMPA Website Recognized with National Award

150x100PublicPower_FMPA-01Florida Municipal Power Agency’s (FMPA) website received the Excellence in Public Power Communications award from the American Public Power Association (APPA) today at the association’s Customer Connections Conference in Austin, Texas.

The website,, is many times the first place people go to learn about FMPA or look for the latest information. So, when FMPA redesigned its website in October 2014, the project goals included improving usability for smartphone and tablet users, enhancing site features based on user feedback, refreshing design and content, and updating the site’s security.

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