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Mutual Aid Exercise Tackles Scenario Involving Major California Flooding

The American Public Power Association on Oct. 29 held a public power mutual aid exercise in which participants role played a scenario that involved significant flooding in several California cities.

Representatives from more than 30 public power utilities and joint action and state associations participated in the Association’s Mutual Aid Working Group (MAWG) national event, which was held in Los Angeles.

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Scott, Cabinet Poised to Take Up FPL Projects

Gov. Rick Scott and the state Cabinet next week could sign off on a plan by Florida Power & Light to build a power plant in Broward County and will wade back into a dispute about an FPL nuclear project in Miami-Dade County.

Scott and the Cabinet released an agenda Tuesday for a Nov. 20 meeting that includes proposed “certification” of FPL’s plan for a 1,200-megawatt plant in Broward that has drawn opposition from the Sierra Club. Under state law, Scott and the Cabinet serve as a siting board that has authority to decide whether power-plant projects should move forward.

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FMEA Releases Monthly Bill Comparison for September

FMEA’s Bill Comparison for September 2018 shows the average bills of public power utilities across Florida are $13.41 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 and Light (FPL) report the lowest bills in four categories each. The City of Tallahassee and Lakeland Electric both report the lowest bills in two categories; and the Cities of Starke, Chattahoochee and Moore Haven report the lowest in one category each.

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Florida Municipal Electric Association Wins Communications Award from National Association

The Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) was awarded an American Public Power Association Excellence in Public Power Communications Award of Merit in the web and social media category (Class D). FMEA was recognized for their outstanding use of social media to communicate information about hurricane preparation, mutual aid coordination, power outages and power restoration efforts in advance of and following 2017’s Hurricane Irma, which left no Florida public power community, cooperative electric utility or investor-owned utility unscathed. The awards were announced at the American Public Power Association’s Customer Connections Conference in Orlando.

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FMEA Associate Member Spotlight – Spiegel & McDiarmid

FMEA’s Associate Member of the month for November is Spiegel & McDiarmid

Spiegel & McDiarmid currently serves more than 500 clients throughout the United States and represents the public-sector side of the energy, telecommunications, and aviation industries.  They fight to promote consumer interests against resource-rich opponents, and are known for an extensive knowledge of the issues and our creativity in forging innovative solutions.

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Court Allows FPL Storm Suite to Move Forward

An appeals court has rejected an attempt by Florida Power & Light to block a class-action lawsuit that alleges the utility did not properly prepare for last year’s Hurricane Irma.

FPL argued, in part, that issues related to whether it complied with a storm-hardening plan need to be determined by the Florida Public Service Commission, rather than in the lawsuit filed in Miami-Dade County circuit court. But a panel of the 3rd District Court of Appeal ruled that the Public Service Commission does not have authority to award damages as sought in the lawsuit.

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Regulators Back Deal to Halt Duke Power Purchases

The state Public Service Commission approved a plan that will lead to Duke Energy Florida paying $34.5 million to stop purchasing electricity from a Polk County power plant — with the expectation that the move will ultimately save money for customers.

Duke has had an agreement to buy power from Ridge Generating Station, L.P. through 2023, but Duke said in a filing that the agreement is “no longer cost-effective” for its customers. That is because so-called “avoided costs” — essentially other ways of meeting customers’ needs — have decreased. The Public Service Commission said Tuesday that ending the agreement is expected to eventually save $30 million to $35 million for customers.

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