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Renewable Energy Backers Gear Up Campaign

mediaGroups backing a proposed constitutional amendment focused on renewable energy will move forward Wednesday, June 1 with a social-media campaign to try to reach voters. Florida for Solar and Floridians 4 Lower Energy Costs will use Twitter, Facebook and other online venues where people can share information about the proposed amendment on the Aug. 30 primary ballot. The proposal would give commercial property owners a tax break on renewable-energy devices similar to one given to residential property owners.

“You want to make sure everybody understands what’s going on,” said Tory Perfetti, chairman of Floridians 4 Lower Energy Costs. “You start and you keep growing and growing and growing from there.” There is no announced opposition to the proposal, but one aim of the groups will be making people aware that the August amendment isn’t linked to a more controversial initiative on the November ballot by a group called Consumers for Smart Solar.

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FEMA releases national preparedness report

FEMA Clr(verticle)The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and its partners have released the 2016 National Preparedness Report (NPR).The NPR is an annual status report summarizing the Nation’s progress toward reaching the National Preparedness Goal of a secure and resilient nation. To achieve the National Preparedness Goal, the Nation must continue to build on the significant progress to date and address identified areas for improvement.

In its fifth year, the report evaluates and measures gains that have been made in preparedness across the nation and identifies where challenges remain. These findings provide practical insights into preparedness and should be used to support decisions about future program priorities, resource allocations, and community actions. State, local, tribal, and territorial governments continue to use federal planning and training programs to enhance their capabilities through systematic preparation for the threats and hazards that pose the greatest risk to the security of the Nation. A wide range of events in the past year from contaminated drinking water and wildland fires, to malicious cyber activity and terror attacks involving active shooters, reaffirm the value of a capabilities-based approach rather than a scenario-based approach to preparedness.
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FMPA Member Satisfaction Increases, Remains High Overall

150x100PublicPower_FMPA-01Survey shows members trust staff and are encouraged by direction of Agency

Low electric rates and a strong commitment to working together through FMPA contributed to an increase in overall member satisfaction for the Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) members, according to FMPA’s 2016 Board of Directors Member Relations Survey released today. Overall satisfaction increased 5% from the previous survey in 2014 and exceeds the 16-year average since the survey’s inception.

FMPA has conducted its member relations survey every two years since 2000. The purpose is to measure the relationship between FMPA members and staff. Relationships are measured through a set of six indicators, including: 1) balance in the relationship, 2) integrity, 3) competence, 4) dependability, 5) commitment, and 6) overall satisfaction with the relationship.

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FMEA Releases April 2016 Bill Comparison

GRAPHIC_FMEABillComp-01FMEA’s Bill Comparison for April 2016 shows Municipal Electric Utilities are lowest in 9 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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House Action Clears Path for Energy Bill Conference with Senate

United_States_Capitol_-_west_frontThe House on May 25 approved an amendment to Senate energy legislation that clears a path for members of the two chambers of Congress to meet and reconcile the Senate energy bill with energy legislation previously cleared by the House.

The Senate on April 20 passed a broad energy bill, the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015, which is supported by the American Public Power Association.

The measure, S. 2012, will need to be reconciled with an energy bill that was passed by the House last year (H.R. 8, the North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act of 2015).
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GRU & JEA Strike Power Pool-Like Dispatch Agreement to Save Costs

Utility lines -IRPIn an effort to save on costs, two Florida public power utilities plan to join forces and begin operating under a power pool-like dispatch agreement this month.

Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU), a multi-service public power utility, formed the agreement with nearby JEA, Jacksonville’s community-owned electric utility.

Designed to run from May 2016 to December 2021, the arrangement could save GRU and JEA between $6.5 million and $10.8 million annually, according to the utilities.
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Supreme Court Rejects FPL Natural Gas Fracking in Oklahoma

FPLUtility regulators exceeded their authority in allowing Florida Power & Light to invest ratepayers’ money in a controversial Oklahoma natural-gas project, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

The court, in a 6-1 decision, said the Florida Public Service Commission didn’t have legal authority in 2014 to approve FPL’s request to invest in the drilling and production of natural gas in what is known as the Woodford Gas Reserves Project.

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