A battle is playing out at the state Supreme Court about whether customers of Florida Power & Light should pay for an environmental clean-up project in Miami-Dade County.
The Florida Public Service Commission filed a brief Monday urging the Supreme Court to uphold a decision that allows FPL to recover money from customers to deal with a saltwater plume that moved from a power-plant complex into nearby groundwater.
The state Office of Public Counsel, which represents consumers in utility issues, took the issue to the Supreme Court, arguing that FPL customers should not get hit with the costs, which a court filing says could total $206 million over 10 years.
The Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) elected new officers to preside over the organization’s board of directors. Assuming leadership roles at FMEA are President Joel Ivy, general manager for Lakeland Electric; President-elect Mike Poucher, utility director for Ocala Electric Utility; Vice President Allen Putnam, managing director of Beaches Energy Services in Jacksonville Beach; and Secretary-Treasurer James Braddock, director of support services and internal auditing for the City of Wauchula. The elections took place at the association’s annual meeting in Palm Beach.
The names of six finalists for two open positions on the Florida Public Service Commission were forwarded Tuesday to Gov. Rick Scott, with the list including two commissioners seeking reappointment to the panel that regulates utilities such as Florida Power & Light, Duke Energy Florida, Gulf Power and Tampa Electric Co.
The Public Service Commission Nominating Council advanced — without comment or opposition — the six names to Scott after little more than an hour of interviews at the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority.
Florida Power & Light customers will see a small, one-time credit in August that in part corrects an “over-recovery” cost for Hurricane Matthew, which whipped the east coast in 2016.
The Florida Public Service Commissioner on Tuesday approved the $27.7 million agreement between the Juno Beach-based power giant and the Office of Public Counsel. The adjustment should equate to about a $3.18 credit for a residential customer who uses the industry standard of 1,000 kilowatt hours a month.
Electric customers in 20 Florida cities have enjoyed lower electricity costs and enhanced service reliability for the past 30 years thanks in part to a joint effort among municipal electric utilities to share power-generating resources.
This program, known as the Florida Municipal Power Pool (FMPP), began operation on July 1, 1988. It includes the power-generating resources of Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA), Lakeland Electric and Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC). Including utilities served by FMPA and OUC, the Pool serves the combined electric needs of 20 communities in Florida.
FMEA’s Bill Comparison for May 2018 shows the average bills of public power utilities across Florida are $10.48 less than the average bills for investor-owned utilities per 1,000 kWh.
Overall, out of fifteen ranked categories; the City of Mount Dora reports the lowest bills in four categories. The City of Bartow and Florida Power & Light report the lowest bills in three of the categories. Lakeland Electric reports the lowest bills in two categories; and the Cities of Starke, Tallahassee and Quincy all report the lowest bills in one category.
FMEA’s Associate Member of the month for July is Stanley Consultants.
Stanley Consultants is a consulting engineering firm recognized in the engineering industry for their commitment to client service and a passion to make a difference. With a focus on energy, water, transportation and the environment, they bring global knowledge, a century of experience, and multi-disciplinary capabilities to serve private and public clients.