Joel Ivy, general manager of Lakeland Electric, testified earlier this month before the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy and Power on the topic of “The 21st Century Electricity Challenge: Ensuring a Secure, Reliable and Modern Electricity System.” The Congressional hearing focused on understanding the challenges of improving the current electric grid and the opportunities that current technology can provide to modernize the future grid.
Approximately 35 members of the Florida Municipal Electric Association traveled to Washington, D.C. this week to meet with members of Congress and their staff to discuss issues relevant to Florida’s public power communities. The meetings were part of the annual American Public Power Association’s (APPA) Legislative Rally when public power utility representatives from around the country converge on the nation’s capital to address important issues facing the public power industry.
Typical Florida Power & Light Co. customers could see their monthly bills decrease by $3 starting in May, under a proposal filed Monday with the state Public Service Commission.
The reduction is due to projected savings on natural-gas costs, according to an updated fuel-cost projection for 2015 by the Juno Beach-based utility. Continue reading
Backers of a ballot initiative aimed at boosting the use of solar energy are moving closer to getting a Florida Supreme Court review of the proposal. Floridians for Solar Choice, Inc. totaled 47,438 valid petition signatures as of Monday morning, with 68,314 needed for court review, according to the state Division of Elections website.
FMEA’s Bill Comparison for January 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.
Pointing to what it says will be long-term savings for customers, Florida Power & Light said Friday it is seeking to buy a coal-fired power plant in Jacksonville — and then shut down the plant within two to three years.
FPL, which is asking for approval from the Florida Public Service Commission, entered into a long-term contract in 1988 to purchase power from the Cedar Bay Generating Plant. But the utility said in a news release that it can now generate electricity at a “much lower cost” than what the contract requires it to pay. Continue reading
A monthly charge Duke Energy Florida customers pay for a nuclear-power plant that won’t be built may be removed from their bills as early as this summer.
The utility filed a petition Monday with the Florida Public Service Commission that, if accepted, would disconnect nearly two years earlier than planned the monthly charge of $3.45 per 1,000 kilowatt hours of electricity.