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FMEA Releases Monthly Bill Comparison for April

FMEA’s Bill Comparison for April 2018 shows the average bills of public power utilities across Florida are $11.82 less than the average bills for investor-owned utilities per 1,000 kWh.

Overall, out of fifteen ranked categories; the City of Mount Dora and Florida Power & Light both report the lowest bills in four categories. The City of Bartow reports the lowest bills in three of the categories and the City of Tallahassee and Lakeland Electric both report the lowest bills in two categories.

For residential bill categories, out of three categories; the City of Bartow reports the lowest bills in all three categories.

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FPL Customers to Get Refund After Matthew Charges

Florida Power & Light has reached an agreement to refund $27.7 million to customers, in part because of an “over-recovery” of costs following Hurricane Matthew in 2016.

The agreement, announced Tuesday between the Juno Beach-based utility and the state Office of Public Counsel, still needs approval from the Florida Public Service Commission, which could sign off next week. The Office of Public Counsel represents consumers in utility issues.

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Process Starts to Pick Utility Regulators

With the terms of commissioners Julie Brown and Gary Clark scheduled to expire in January, the state is starting a months-long process to fill two seats on the Florida Public Service Commission. The Florida Public Service Commission Nominating Council announced Monday that it has started accepting applications for the $132,036-a-year utility regulatory posts, with an application deadline of June 12.

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Regulators Sign Off on TECO Solar Projects

The Florida Public Service Commission on Tuesday approved a plan that will lead to customers of Tampa Electric Co. paying slightly more each month to cover the costs of two solar-energy projects.

The projects, which are expected to be finished in September in Polk and Hillsborough counties, are part of a series of plans by Tampa Electric to add solar generation in coming years.

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New Power Plants Get Key State Approval

Proposed power plants in Putnam and Pasco counties got support Tuesday from state regulators who also expressed concerns about Florida’s continuing increased reliance on natural gas to generate electricity.

The Florida Public Service Commission unanimously backed “determinations of need” for a 1,122-megawatt plant in Putnam County proposed by Seminole Electric Cooperative, Inc., and a 573-megawatt plant in Pasco County proposed by Seminole Electric and Shady Hills Energy Center, LLC.

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OUC Announces Monumental Solar Energy Project for Orange & Osceola Counties

OUC – The Reliable One joined 11 municipal utilities from across Florida to ceremonially sign an agreement at the Florida Solar Energy Center to build three massive solar farms. The groundbreaking agreement allows for 900,000 solar panels that will provide energy for as many as 45,000 homes.Using state-of-the-art technology, the arrays will be able to move through the day to maximize the sun’s output. Three solar sites, located on 1,200 acres in rural Orange and Osceola counties, will provide 223.5 megawatts. OUC will be the largest tenant, purchasing 108.5 megawatts of solar energy, or enough for more than 20,000 residential customers.

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Public power utilities recognized for safety, reliability efforts

One hundred eighteen of the nation’s more than 2,000 public power utilities earned the Reliable Public Power Provider designation from the American Public Power Association for providing reliable and safe electric service, the Association reported on April 30.

Neil James, Manager of Distribution Operations at ‎Santee Cooper in South Carolina and chair of the Association’s RP3 Review Panel, presented the designations on April 30 during the Association’s annual Engineering & Operations Technical Conference in Raleigh, N.C.

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