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Court delays Clean Power Plan arguments; lawmakers seek EPA answers

epaThe U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on May 16 pushed back oral argument in a proceeding related to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan from June until late September and expanded oral argument in the case to include all of the judges on the D.C. Circuit.

The D.C. Circuit rescheduled the oral argument in the case from June 2 and 3, 2016, to Sept. 27, 2016, before all of the judges on the D.C. Circuit, not just a three-judge panel. Continue reading

FPL Nuclear Waiver Proposal Draws Fire

sfbj-fpl-turkey-point-550-750xx550-309-0-0Attorneys for consumers, the city of Miami and business and environmental groups are fighting Florida Power & Light’s request for a waiver from filing an annual analysis about the feasibility of adding two nuclear reactors in South Florida.

FPL on April 27 filed the request with state regulators, contending, at least in part, that it should not be required to submit an analysis while it is still in the licensing and permitting stages for the nuclear project proposed for the utility’s Turkey Point complex in Miami-Dade County. The request involves seeking a waiver from a rule that has required the utility to file such analyses in the past.
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Solar Amendment Group Raises $8.5 M in April

Holding-Dollar252x324pxFueled by major electric utilities, the group backing a solar-energy initiative on the November ballot raised $8.52 million during April, according to numbers posted Tuesday, May 10, on the state Division of Elections website. The contributions came after the Florida Supreme Court on March 31 signed off on the proposed constitutional amendment by the group known as “Consumers for Smart Solar.”

The group got most of its money in April from four major utilities. Those contributions were $2.8 million from Florida Power & Light; $2.7 million from Duke Energy; $1.3 million from Tampa Electric Company; and $874,450 from Gulf Power Co. The Consumers for Smart Solar measure would generally maintain the status quo in allowing Floridians with solar equipment on their property to sell energy to power companies.

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Protect Your Home and Family from Electrical Accidents

Plug-inFlorida Municipal Electric Association Provides Important Safety Precaution for Floridians

Each year, electrical failures are the cause of 47,700 home fires in the United States, resulting in 418 deaths, 1,570 injuries and $1.4 billion in property damage.  And fire is not the only concern. In the workplace, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration estimates there are approximately 187 electrical-related fatalities a year. May is National Electrical Safety Month and the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) urges you to review safety measures and encourages safe electrical practices.

Number one on the list is to install new technologies such as AFCIs, GFCIs and TRRs. These are three types of electrical outlets that are responsible for the majority of accidents, and explained below.

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Edgar won’t Seek Fourth Term as Utility Regulator

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Commissioner, Lisa Edgar

Lisa Edgar, the longest-serving member of the Florida Public Service Commission, will not seek a fourth term on the state’s utility regulatory board.

Edgar, who did not submit an application for reappointment to the $131,000-a-year position before a Tuesday deadline, said in a prepared statement she intends to use her “regulatory and governmental experience as I pursue new endeavors and other career opportunities.”

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FMEA Releases March 2016 Bill Comparison

GRAPHIC_FMEABillComp-01FMEA’s Bill Comparison for March 2016 shows Municipal Electric Utilities are lowest in 11 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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Power Costs Will Significantly Decrease in Coming Years

fmpaWholesale electricity costs will decrease significantly for Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) members in the coming years as debt is paid off on four of its power supply projects.

FMPA staff presented information today at the agency’s Board of Directors meeting showing that debt will be paid off on two power projects by Oct. 1, 2019, and two other projects will be paid off by 2027.

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