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FPL Looks to Recoup Hurricane Matthew Costs

Florida Power & Light is seeking approval to collect $318.5 million from customers to recoup costs from Hurricane Matthew and to replenish a storm reserve, according to documents filed at the state Public Service Commission.

The request, if approved by regulators, would start hitting FPL customers in March and continue for a year. Residential customers who use 1,000 kilowatt hours of electricity a month, for example, would see their monthly bills increase by $3.36, the documents said.

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FMEA Appoints Interim Executive Director

The Florida Municipal Electric Association’s (FMEA) Board of Directors appointed Amy Zubaly, currently FMEA’s deputy executive director of public affairs and strategic communications, to serve as interim executive director, effective January 1, 2017. Amy replaces Barry Moline, who announced his resignation last month to become the executive director of the California Municipal Utilities Association (CMUA) in Sacramento, Calif.

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Judge Tosses DEP Pollution Notification Rule

In a victory for business groups, an administrative law judge Friday, December 30, ruled that the Florida Department of Environmental Protection overstepped its authority in proposing new requirements for notifying the public when pollution occurs.

The department proposed the notification requirements after high-profile pollution incidents involving a sinkhole at a phosphate plant in Polk County and sewage discharges into Tampa Bay.

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FMEA Releases November Bill Comparison

FMEA’s Bill Comparison for November 2016 shows the average bills of public power utilities across Florida are 11.9 percent below the average bills for investor-owned utilities.

Overall, out of fifteen ranked categories, the Town of Havana reported the lowest bills in seven categories, and Lakeland Electric reported the lowest bill in five categories. Florida Power & Light Co. reported the lowest bills in two categories and the City of Tallahassee reported the lowest in one category.

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Duke Energy Cleared of Paying in Nuclear Dispute 

In a dispute involving an ill-fated plan to build nuclear reactors in Levy County, a federal judge this week said Duke Energy is not required to pay hundreds of millions of dollars to a company that designs and constructs nuclear plants.

Westinghouse Electric Co. initially sought to require Duke to pay $512.6 million for terminating a contract for the Levy County project, though Westinghouse later reduced that total by about $130 million. But U.S. District Judge Max Cogburn Jr. ruled Thursday that Duke is only required to pay a $30 million termination fee and about $4.25 million in interest.

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Local Utilities Help Customers Reduce Electric Bills

Electric customers are reducing their monthly power bills thanks to free, energy-saving products and rebates distributed in 2016 by 13 municipal electric utilities in Florida.

“Affordable power is important to electric customers,” said Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) General Manager and CEO Jacob Williams. “A dollar saved on electricity is a hard-earned dollar that people keep in their pocket. So, we’re pleased to offer tools to help them save electricity and money.”

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League of Women Voters and Sierra Club Intervene in Gulf Power Rate Case

A regulatory case about Gulf Power’s proposal to raise base electric rates could get more crowded. The League of Women Voters of Florida and the Sierra Club have filed petitions to formally intervene in the case, which is expected to play out in the coming months at the Florida Public Service Commission.

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