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Solar Amendment Heats Up Before Supreme Court

Solar FarmFlorida Supreme Court Justice Barbara Pariente, more than once Tuesday, advised lawyers that arguments about a proposed constitutional amendment to expand the use of solar energy leaned toward campaign rhetoric rather than key legal issues.

Still, when justices finished hearing arguments about ballot language proposed by the group Floridians for Solar Choice, supporters and opponents of the controversial initiative emerged from the Supreme Court offering positive spins.
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FPL Gets Approval to Buy Coal Plant and Shut it Down

JEA-FPL-coal-plant State regulators Thursday approved a settlement that will clear the way for Florida Power & Light to buy — and ultimately shut down — a coal-fired power plant in Jacksonville.

A three-member panel of the Florida Public Service Commission signed off on the $520.5 million deal, little more than a month after FPL and the state Office of Public Counsel reached a settlement agreement. The Office of Public Counsel is an agency that represents consumers in utility cases.
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FMEA Celebrates Florida Lineworkers Appreciation Day

WEBLOGO_240px_BuildingStrongCommunities-011Today, August 26, is Lineworkers Appreciation Day in Florida. Electric utilities across the state are honoring the men and women who work daily and  tirelessly  in varying conditions to make sure our lights stay on.

FMEA is proud of the commitment of our 34 municipal electric utilities’  lineworkers who are dedicated to their professional trade. Our lineworkers live and work locally in the communities they serve. When a storm comes through they quickly respond to provide great reliable service to our communities and stay until the job is done.

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Electric Lineworkers Honored on Statewide Appreciation Day

FMEA Lineworker AppreciationFlorida’s electric lineworkers are being honored today as part of Lineworker Appreciation Day for their dedicated service in dangerous and sometimes difficult conditions.

The Florida House of Representatives voted in 2012 to designate Aug. 26 as the annual “Lineworker Appreciation Day” to honor the thousands of men and women who risk their lives every day to ensure the reliable delivery of electricity.

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SunEdison Completes 6 Megawatt Solar Power Plant For Lakeland Electric In Lakeland, Florida

Lakeland Electric LogoSunEdison, Inc., the world’s largest renewable energy development company,  announced that it has completed construction of a 6 megawatt (MW) AC solar power plant that will supply electricity to Lakeland Electric, the third largest public power utility in the State of Florida, through a 25-year power purchase agreement.

The Bella Vista solar power plant is expected to generate approximately 14 gigawatt-hours of electricity each year, enough to power more than 1,300 homes and avoid the emission of 21 million pounds of carbon dioxide, the equivalent to removing more than 2,000 cars from the road.

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Regulators Asked to Reject FPL Nuclear Request

Miami, UNITED STATES: Part of the power grid of Florida Power and Light at a distribution center 08 November 2006, in Miami, Florida. Florida Power and Light Company's power line grid delivers electricity to approximately 8 million people in Florida. AFP PHOTO/Robert SULLIVAN (Photo credit should read ROBERT SULLIVAN/AFP/Getty Images)Florida Power & Light received pushback Tuesday, August 18 from South Florida officials and other critics as it requested $34.2 million from customers to continue planning a pair of nuclear reactors at its Turkey Point complex in Miami-Dade County.

The request, if approved by the Florida Public Service Commission in October, would place the cost for new nuclear power at 34 cents on a typical residential customer’s monthly bill in 2016.
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Lakeland City Commission Names Interim City Manager


Tony Delgado, Interim City Manager, City of Lakeland

In a budget workshop following the City Commission meeting, Tony Delgado was named Interim City Manager by the Lakeland City Commission as the current City Manager Doug Thomas prepares to leave the organization to pursue a new opportunity.

Thomas announced his resignation on Thursday, August 13th at the conclusion of a late afternoon budget meeting. Thomas stated in a prepared memo to the City Commission that his last day with the City of Lakeland is September 13th. Delgado will take over as Interim effective immediately after Thomas leaves the City of Lakeland.

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