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FPL Outlines Solar Plans for Solar Projects

Florida Power & Light on Friday announced plans to add four solar-power projects that will begin generating electricity by mid-2019.

The projects will be in St. Lucie, Miami-Dade, Volusia and Columbia counties. Each of the plants will have a capacity of 74.5 megawatts and would combine to provide enough energy for about 60,000 homes, FPL said. The utility has 14 other large solar plants in the state. Continue reading

Regulators Back New FPL Power Plant

A Florida Power & Light project to build a new natural-gas plant in Broward County received a key state approval Thursday.

The state Public Service Commission approved what is known as a “determination of need” for the 1,163-megawatt plant, which would replace two older generating units in Dania Beach.

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All 19 FMPA Cities Approve Vero Beach Transaction

Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) announced today that the required 19 cities have all approved the necessary agreement to release the city of Vero Beach from FMPA’s power projects, enabling Vero Beach to move forward with the sale of its electric utility. The final city vote occurred Monday night, February 26.

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Site Approval Sought for Power Plant

Backers of a proposed power plant in Pasco County have started seeking a key state approval for the project, which would produce electricity for Seminole Electric Cooperative, Inc.

Shady Hills Energy Center, LLC filed an application for site certification with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for the 573-megawatt project. The department last week submitted the application to the state Division of Administrative Hearings, where a judge is expected to hold a hearing.

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Transmission Line Measure Goes to Scott

Trying to undo a 2016 court ruling in a case involving Florida Power & Light, the state Senate on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a bill that deals with approval of electric transmission lines.

The 34-4 vote by the Senate sends the bill (HB 405) to Gov. Rick Scott. The House voted 105-2 to approve the measure last month. The issue stems from a 2016 ruling by the 3rd District Court of Appeal in a dispute involving local governments in Miami-Dade County and FPL about a proposed project that would add two nuclear reactors at the utility’s Turkey Point complex.

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FPL Power Plant Proposal Gets Boost

The state Public Service Commission should give a key approval to a plan by Florida Power & Light to build a power plant in Broward County, the commission’s staff recommended Friday. The commission is scheduled March 1 to decide whether to grant what is known as a “determination of need” for the proposed $888 million project in Dania Beach.

The 1,163-megawatt natural gas plant would replace two old generating units at the Dania Beach site and begin operating in 2022. But it has drawn objections from the Sierra Club and the state Office of Public Counsel, which represents consumers in utility issues.

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Gulf Power to Pass Tax Savings to Customers

Joining the other three major private electric utilities in Florida, Gulf Power Co. plans to pass along about $103 million in federal tax savings to customers.

Gulf, which serves 460,000 customers in the Panhandle, filed documents this week at the Florida Public Service Commission that detail plans to reduce customers’ bills because of the federal tax overhaul approved in December.

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