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FPL Proposes Replacing Two Broward Units with Clean Energy Center

Florida Power & Light filed a request Friday to replace a power plant in Broward County with a more modern and powerful clean energy center that will cost an estimated $888 million to build.

The Juno Beach-based company submitted a petition for a determination of need to the Florida Public Service Commission with plans to build a “combined cycle generating unit” that will rely primarily on natural gas at its Lauderdale power plant in Dania Beach.

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Lakeland Electric Sends Crews to Aid Puerto Rico

Lakeland Electric is proud to send Lineman Crews to help Puerto Rico rebuild their electric grid damaged by Hurricane Maria. The 20-member crew will leave early next week and work in Puerto Rico for 30 days. In addition to the 16 Linemen, 2 Mechanics, 1 Lead Supervisor, and 1 Engineer, Lakeland Electric is sending 10 vehicles, including 6 large bucket trucks. The trucks left today to be loaded onto a barge and shipped to the island.

As a municipal utility owned by the City of Lakeland and as a member of the Florida Municipal Electric Association, Lakeland Electric is proud to join two of our sister municipal utilities, Jacksonville Electric Authority and Kissimmee Utility Authority, who are already in Puerto Rico.

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Public Power Utilities Recognized for Hurricane Irma Restoration

More than 2,000 out-of-state lineworkers responded to Florida’s call for mutual aid

Florida’s municipal electric utilities and more than 2,000 lineworkers from 170 public power utilities in 24 states were recognized Thursday for their efforts to help restore power after Hurricane Irma.

The Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) and the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) created a special sticker thanking lineworkers for their non-stop work to restore power to more than 800,000 public power customers. The stickers are viewed as a badge of honor by lineworkers, who like to place them on their hard hats, utility trucks and equipment.

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JEA Board Approves New Sweeping Solar Initiatives

The JEA Board of Directors approved three solar initiatives that will change the solar landscape in Northeast Florida. These unprecedented initiatives are due, in part, to advances in technology that have driven the price of renewable energy below large-scale fossil fuels.

New SolarMax Rate
JEA will offer a solar option to large commercial customers that have aggressive renewable objectives. Many large multi-national corporations have a desire and/or mandate to be “green” and this rate allows those organizations to meet some of their solar objectives. This new rate is a supplement to the SolarSmart tariff. The commercial customer can opt for up to 100 percent of their required energy through this rate.

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Regulators Deal with FPL Nuclear License, Costs

Grappling with a long-discussed nuclear project in Miami-Dade County, state regulators Tuesday backed Florida Power & Light continuing to pursue a critical license for two new reactors — but turned down a company request involving costs.

The decisions by the state Public Service Commission were the latest chapter in years of controversy about a 2006 law aimed at increasing nuclear power in the state and FPL’s subsequent proposal to build the reactors at its Turkey Point complex. Julie Brown, who chairs the Public Service Commission, pointed Tuesday to key issues surrounding the project.

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Public Power Officials Gather for Mutual Aid Tabletop Exercise

Public power utility executives from across the country on Oct. 11 convened in New Orleans, La., to participate in a tabletop exercise aimed at practicing and finding areas for improvement in the American Public Power Association’s Mutual Aid Playbook, utilizing a response to a hypothetical tropical storm that makes landfall as a Category 3 hurricane along the Gulf Coast.

At the end of the exercise, several participants offered words of praise for the progress that has been made in terms of mutual aid coordination activities.

The exercise, which was hosted by the Association and facilitated by consulting firm Ascenttra, was a day-long event that revolved around a series of modules in which utility executives from the various Mutual Aid Network regions worked through challenges tied to a hypothetical hurricane called Adele.

Players were assigned to groups based on the Mutual Aid Network Region they represent.

The exercise is funded by a cooperative agreement with the Department of Energy.

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Nicole Stookey Albers Joins FMEA as New Public Affairs Manager

The Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) today announced Nicole Stookey Albers as the association’s new public affairs manager. In her role at FMEA, Albers will manage the association’s legislative affairs and social media.

“Having been a part of state government and the political process for nearly 15 years, Nicole brings a wealth of legislative and governmental affairs experience to FMEA,” said Amy Zubaly, FMEA Executive Director. “She will be a great asset to our members as we work to advance the legislative agenda of the association.”

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