Florida Power & Light

FPL Accused of Violating State Water Regulations

Feb 23, 2016
Allison Diaz / The Miami Herald

EDITOR'S NOTE: A previous version of this article contained two errors. The first error concerned the description of the arrangement between the Department of Environmental Protection and Florida Power & Light. It is an administrative order. The second error concerns the location of the saltwater plume. It is in the Biscayne Aquifer, not Biscayne Bay.

 

  A Tallahassee judge says Florida Power & Light is violating state water regulations.

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Florida Power & Light Company / WLRN

The state's largest electricity provider wants Florida regulators to approve a four-year funding package that would raise the base rate on a typical monthly bill by about $8.50 starting in 2017, with the hike reaching $14 by 2020.

Juno Beach-based Florida Power & Light notified the Public Service Commission on Friday that a proposal will be filed in March asking to increase the monthly charge on a typical customer using 1,000 kilowatt hours of electricity from $93 to $107 by 2020.

Susan Stocker / Sun Sentinel via Miami Herald

Regulators decided Tuesday that a $1.3 billion, natural gas-fired power plant --- proposed in rural Okeechobee County by Florida Power & Light --- is needed to meet the demands of the state's growing population.

The decision by the Florida Public Service Commission came after objections from a pair of environmental groups, the state Office of Public Counsel and the Florida Industrial Power Users Group. The Office of Public Counsel represents consumers in utility issues, while the Florida Industrial Power Users Group represents large electricity users.

Donna E. Natale Planas / Miami Herald

Almost a year after regulators gave approval to the controversial plan, Florida Supreme Court justices are ready to take up a battle about Florida Power & Light's investment in a natural-gas drilling operation in Oklahoma.

The Supreme Court on Dec. 8 will hear arguments in a challenge led by the state Office of Public Counsel, which represents consumers in utility issues, and the Florida Industrial Power Users Group, which is made up of large electricity customers.

Donna E. Natale Planas / Miami Herald

The state's four major investor-owned utilities --- stretching from Miami to Pensacola --- say they expect residents' monthly electric bills to drop by a few bucks next year.

Regulators still need to finalize the numbers for Florida Power & Light, Duke Energy Florida, Tampa Electric and Gulf Power. But the utilities said this week that relatively low prices for natural gas and coal are helping hold down the costs of generating power. Low natural-gas prices are particularly important as utilities increasingly move away from dirtier-burning coal.

Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News, you heard:

Lisann Ramos

We’re only a couple of months away from the beginning of hurricane season, and attention is on preventing power outages. Hurricane Wilma in 2005 knocked out service for more than 3 million customers.

Since then, newer Florida Power and Light workers have yet to experience the effects of an actual hurricane. What they do have experience in is FPL’s recent high-tech approaches.

Why Doesn't The Sunshine State Use More Solar Energy?

Jul 22, 2014
Julia Duba

As far as solar energy goes, the Sunshine State is third in the country for potential -- and 18th in actual installation.

In Florida, there’s no financial assistance for installing solar panels on your roof. Solar energy users can only take a federal tax credit.

Florida Power and Light powers the state using mostly natural gas. Out of all the energy FPL provides, only 0.06 percent comes from solar energy.

Florida Power & Light

Governor Rick Scott and his cabinet approved two more nuclear reactors to the Turkey Point power plant on Biscayne Bay. But neighbors are worried about the construction of 88 miles of transmission lines, and environmentalists question why Florida Power & Light wants more nuclear facilities by the coast.

A ProPublica investigation reveals unusual billing patterns among Florida’s Medicare providers. We ask how this connects to Florida’s history of Medicare fraud.

FPL Proposes 600 Miles Of Natural Gas Pipelines

Aug 13, 2013
fpl.com

Hundreds of miles of proposed pipeline may begin pumping natural gas between Southwest Alabama and Martin County, Florida within four years if Florida Power and Light (FPL) gets the okay from state regulators.

http://www.nexteraenergy.com/company/bio8.shtml

Florida Power and Light is the state's largest utility serving roughly 4.6 million customers.

Since 2006, FPL customers have been paying what's called a "Nuclear Cost Recovery Fee," which enables the utility to charge in advance for future costs of building and improving nuclear power plants.

Since then, about $320 million has been raised to add 525 megawatts of new power to Turkey Point in South Miami-Dade.  

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