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Update on Restoration Efforts Following Hurricane Hermine

14196200_10154475232744770_833137890323737949_oSeptember 6 (7:00 a.m.) Power restoration from Hurricane Hermine in Tallahassee continues. The primary focus has been on the main feeder restoration. At the peak of the storm, the City of Tallahassee had 118 feeders out of service. They have one remaining feeder to get back on this morning. Also a number of these circuits have sections that are segmented due to damage that will begin to be worked.

City of Tallahassee is showing 14,300 customers still out of power, with 88% of customers restored. All Leon County Public Schools have power restored. A vast majority of traffic signals are restored, and the remainders are operating on generators. Continue reading

Electric Service Restoration Continues in Tallahassee

14224774_10154475232584770_4119183641191355413_nElectric crews from across the state continue to work on power restoration in Tallahassee and surrounding areas after Hurricane Hermine caused severe damage to Tallahassee’s electric grid.

As of Monday morning, approximately 21,500, or 18% of the City of Tallahassee customers were without power, down from 75,000 at the peak of the hurricane. Additional crews from Keys Energy Services (Key West) and Gulf Power were brought in to join those already here from Gulf Power, Kissimmee, Orlando, Jacksonville Beach, Bartow, Lakeland, Thomasville (GA) and Lafayette (LA).

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Update on Hurricane Hermine

September 4 (11:15 a.m.) Hurricane Hermine made landfall near Tallahassee as a Category 1 hurricane bringing approximately 5 inches of rain and wind gusts over 65 mph to the area. The was the first hurricane to hit Florida in 11 years and the first hurricane for the Tallahassee/Leon County area in nearly 30 years.

The system brought down hundreds of trees and power lines and utility poles around north Florida. Tallahassee and the big bend region were hit especially hard. In wake of the storm, The City of Tallahassee had about 75,000 utility customers without power – approximately 80% of their customers – and suffered significant damage to their electric system.

FMEA coordinated mutual aid and crews were brought in from the Kissimmee Utility Authority, Orlando Utilities Commission, Lakeland Electric, City of Bartow, City of Jacksonville Beach, City of Thomasville, Lafayette Utility System and Gulf Power to assist with restoration. As of this morning, approximately 33,000 City of Tallahassee customers are still without power. Crews are working nonstop around the clock to get customers restored as quickly as possible.

Hurricane Safety Tips

hermineAs Florida braces for Tropical Storm Hermine, FMEA reminds you to stay safe and be prepared. Stay away from downed power lines – don’t touch them. Electric crews will be working diligently to restore power as quickly as possible.

FMEA has developed 12 often overlooked safety tips that electric customers should follow to protect themselves and their home. These safety tips remind our customers of things that people did not know or forgot during past hurricanes, tropical storms and weather-related events.

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Florida Public Power Utilities Prepare for Tropical Storm Hermine

hurrIn preparation for potential impacts from Tropical Storm Hermine making landfall along the Gulf Coast of Florida, the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) has initiated its mutual aid plan to assist Florida’s public power communities with support to help restore power as fast as possible.

During emergency situations, public power utilities in Florida partner through a Mutual Aid Agreement that enables FMEA member utilities to call on each other for emergency workers, equipment and supplies to assist in power restoration after an emergency.

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Voters Approve Constitutional Amendment for Commercial Solar Property Tax Abatement

Ballot_Box_0Primary-election voters Tuesday, August 30th, approved the expansion of a renewable-energy tax break that backers say will help businesses and spark the expanded use of solar energy in Florida.

But while the measure had support from an array of groups, they are divided on an unrelated solar amendment on the November general-election ballot that could lead to a major political fight.

The proposed constitutional amendment approved Tuesday was known as Amendment 4 and was placed on the ballot by the Legislature. It is designed to extend a residential renewable-energy tax break to commercial and industrial properties.

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FMEA Releases July Bill Comparison

GRAPHIC_FMEABillComp-01Overall, Lakeland Electric reported lowest bills in seven categories, and the City of Mount Dora reported the lowest bill in four categories. The City of Tallahassee and Florida Power & Light Co. reported lowest bills in two categories.

For residential bills, Lakeland Electric is lowest in two categories, and Florida Power & Light Co. is lowest in one category.

For commercial bills, the report shows that Lakeland Electric is lowest in four categories, The City of Tallahassee is lowest in two categories, and The City of Mount Dora is lowest in two categories.

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