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JEA Soars in J.D. Power Business Customer Satisfaction

JDPowerJEAIn a J.D. Power study, released this week, business customers have ranked JEA the “Highest Customer Satisfaction with Business Electric Service in the South among Midsize Utilities.”

The study is based on responses from business customers during the 2015 calendar year and measures satisfaction among business customers of  midsize electric utilities in the south, including: Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina, , Tennessee and Texas.. Overall satisfaction is examined across six factors. JEA achieved the highest score in all six study factors, which includes: Power Quality & Reliability, Corporate Citizenship, Price, Billing & Payment, Communications, and Customer Service.

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Fort Pierce Power Plant Among Nation’s Cleanest

cleanenergy-296x300State-of-the-art plant features efficient technology and advanced environmental controls

Fort Pierce residents can take comfort knowing that their electricity comes from one of the nation’s cleanest power plants.

Treasure Coast Energy Center was ranked as one of the cleanest plants of its kind in the nation, according to a recently-published study based on Environmental Protection Agency data. The plant’s efficient generating technology, advanced environmental controls and operational excellence all contribute to its exceptional environmental performance.

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Bill Would Lead to Higher Electric Bills and More Government Regulation

HigherBillsThe electricity bills of residents in 28 Florida communities will likely rise if the Legislature passes a proposal to regulate one power provider. The bills, HB 579 and SB 840, “create burdensome and unnecessary regulation that will increase the regulatory compliance costs of the Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA), a joint action agency that supplies power to these cities,” said Barry Moline, executive director at the Florida Municipal Electric Association. “Higher regulatory costs combined with a downgraded credit rating means higher electric bills to FMPA member cities, their residents and businesses.”

According to Moline, communities across Florida are working hard to attract new business, expand existing businesses, and help consumers keep more of their hard-earned money. “The bill’s most significant impact is higher electric bills,” said Moline.

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Cybersecurity information sharing bill signed into law

010516The year-end tax and omnibus spending bill signed into law by President Barack Obama on Dec. 18 includes a cybersecurity measure that provides a framework for timely and actionable information sharing on a voluntary basis between the federal government and private entities including public power utilities.

Passage of a cybersecurity information sharing and liability protection bill has been a top priority for the American Public Power Association in recent years.
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FMEA Releases November 2015 Bill Comparison

GRAPHIC_FMEABillComp-01FMEA’s Bill Comparison for November 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.

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KUA Pledges $1M for High-Tech Sensor Project

KUA LOGO ® BLUE RGBThe Kissimmee Utility Authority board of directors on December 9 pledged up to $1 million to offset infrastructure costs for the first phase of the Osceola County/UCF Florida Advanced Manufacturing Research Center (FAMRC) project.

Responding to a request by Osceola County and the City of Kissimmee, the utility agreed to a one-time waiver of line extension fees for the 100,000-square-foot facility currently under construction in Osceola County. The contribution marks the largest ever economic development incentive made by the utility for a single project.

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‘Solar Choice” Group Spends On Signature Gathering

PollingStationA group known as “Floridians for Solar Choice” raised about $177,000 last month and spent more than $391,000 as it tries to get a solar-energy initiative on the November 2016 ballot, according to a newly filed finance report.

The group needs to submit 683,149 valid petition signatures to the state by Feb. 1 and had submitted 262,250 as of Friday morning. It spent $391,476 in November, with about $375,000 of that going to PCI Consultants Inc., a petition-gathering firm. Floridians for Solar Choice raised $177,318 last month, bringing its overall total to $1,494,004, the report shows.It received $100,000 in November from the Barbara Stiefel Trust and $62,000 from a political arm of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy. As of Nov. 30, it had spent a total of $1,431,415.

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