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Coalition Urges Scott to Sign Solar Bill

A diverse coalition of 16 special interests jointly asked Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday to sign a bill now on his desk that would carry out a constitutional amendment designed to expand the use of solar and other renewable-energy devices.

Ranging from the Florida Grocers Association and Florida Petroleum Marketers Association to the Sierra Club and the Nature Conservancy, the groups in a letter encouraged Scott to sign the measure (SB 90), which would establish rules for implementing the amendment — approved by 72.6 percent of voters last August.

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EPA sends Clean Power Plan proposal to OMB for review

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has sent to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) the EPA’s proposed rule to review the Clean Power Plan.

The Trump Administration in March issued an Executive Order, entitled Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth. The order directed EPA to review, revise or repeal the Clean Power Plan. The draft rule over at OMB is one step in this process.

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Renewable Energy Plan Goes to Scott

A plan to carry out a constitutional amendment designed to expand the use of solar and other renewable-energy devices has landed on the desk of Gov. Rick Scott. The plan (SB 90) was among 24 Senate bills sent to the governor.

He has until June 20 to sign, veto or allow the measures to become law without his signature. The proposal would establish rules for implementing the amendment — approved by 72.6 percent of voters last August — that will extend a renewable-energy tax break to commercial and industrial properties.

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Regulators Turn Down Duke Fuel Cost Request

Raising questions about the company’s forecasts, state regulators Monday rejected a request by Duke Energy Florida to increase customers’ bills this summer to cover higher than-expected fuel costs.

Fuel such as natural gas and coal makes up a large portion of electric bills, with utilities typically going before the Public Service Commission each fall to get approval for fuel costs, which are then passed through to customers. But after receiving approval of projected fuel costs in late 2016, Duke returned to the commission in April with a request for a mid-year increase.

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Lakeland Electric Fuel Charge Increase – Vote Approved, Effective July 2017

The Lakeland City Commission voted to increase the electric fuel charge for Lakeland Electric customers for the next fiscal quarter (July/August/September 2017).

The last increase was in April, 2017. Fuel costs, particularly those of natural gas, have risen year-over-year resulting in a reduction of Lakeland Electric’s fuel reserve. With an increase of $1.00 for the fuel charge, we estimate having approximately $18 million in the reserve by the end of the fiscal year in September, $2 million below our target of $20 million.

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FMEA Associate Member Spotlight – Pike Corporation

FMEA’s Associate Member Spotlight of the Month for June is on Pike Corporation (www.pike.com).

Pike is one of the largest providers of Energy Solutions in the United States. Their senior management team has more than 150 years combined experience in the electric industry.

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Duke Customers Could See Higher Electric Bills

State regulators are poised to consider a proposal that would lead to Duke Energy Florida customers paying more for electricity this summer, primarily because of higher-than-expected costs of fuel for power plants.

The Florida Public Service Commission is scheduled Monday to take up the proposal, which would add several dollars to typical homeowners’ monthly bills, starting in July. Commission staff members last week recommended approval of the increase.

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