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Four months after Florida Power & Light received approval for a similar program, Duke Energy Florida is asking regulators to sign off on a $1 billion plan that would add 10 solar-power plants in the state.

Duke filed a proposal last week at the state Public Service Commission for what it has dubbed the “Clean Energy Connection” program, which would start operating two of the proposed plants in January 2022, four in January 2023 and four in January 2024.

News Service of Florida

TALLAHASSEE --- As powerful Hurricane Dorian threatened to crash into the state’s East Coast last September, Florida Power & Light brought in crews and took other steps to prepare for potentially massive electricity outages.

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TALLAHASSEE --- Pointing to “range anxiety” as an obstacle to motorists driving electric vehicles, Florida Power & Light is asking regulators to approve a proposal that could lead to more vehicle-charging stations in the state.

News Service of Florida

TALLAHASSEE --- Moving forward with a 2019 law that is expected to lead to more underground power lines, four major utilities have filed plans that call for billions of dollars in projects over the next decade to strengthen electric systems against hurricanes.

Florida Power & Light, Duke Energy Florida, Tampa Electric Co. and Gulf Power filed the plans Friday at the state Public Service Commission. The filings were an initial step as regulators review the plans and, ultimately, decide how costs will be passed along to utility customers.

SolarCity / AP

Pointing to issues such as expanding renewable energy, state regulators Tuesday approved a $1.8 billion plan by Florida Power & Light to add 20 solar-power plants by the middle of next year.

The Florida Public Service Commission’s decision came after its staff recommended rejecting the utility’s “SolarTogether” program because of the way it is structured. The plan also drew opposition from the state Office of Public Counsel, which represents consumers in utility issues.

GERARD ALBERT III / WLRN

FPL and Miami-Dade County have teamed up to launch over 400 floating solar panels into a recreational lake behind Miami International Airport.

  

FPL’s new floating solar field is the first of its kind in the state, but Mayor Carlos Gimenez says there’s room for expansion.

 

“This is going to be a good demonstration project to see if actually this does work, [whether] we can utilize those lakes that are all around Miami-Dade County to make cheap affordable energy.”

 

Florida Power & Light Company says the typical homeowner’s electric bill will drop nearly $4 beginning in January due to lower operating costs.

Emily Michot / Miami Herald

The Nuclear Regulatory Agency granted two controversial license extensions to Turkey Point’s aging nuclear reactors on Thursday.

The 20-year extensions - which extend the life of the reactors to 80 - are the first of their kind in the U.S.

South Florida Sun Sentinel

Boil-water notice issued for Lauderhill areas.

A boil-water notice was issued Sunday evening for parts of Lauderhill after Florida Power & Light Co. broke a water main.

Covered by the notice are the following areas: 2351-2551 NW 41st Avenue, 26th Street from State Road 7 to Northwest 42nd Avenue, and 2439-2701 State Road 7.

Read more at the Sun Sentinel.

No City Permits Pulled By FPL Contractor In Fort Lauderdale Water Main Break

Jul 19, 2019
CHARLIE ORTEGA GUIFARRO / MIAMI HERALD

Fort Lauderdale partially patched the break in a water pipe that closed stores, restaurants and stranded thousands without water on Thursday, but the boil water notice could remain in effect for another 48 hours as long-term repairs continue, city officials said Thursday evening.

And the on-site supervisor for an FPL subcontractor out of Wellington was issued a Notice to Appear in Broward Court for doing work without city permits.

Nearly two-thirds of Florida –some 6.7 million customers - lost power during 2017’s Hurricane Irma. Utilities blamed most of those outages on falling trees and debris that knocked over power lines.

To strengthen the electrical grid against future storms, Florida Power and Light is moving more power lines underground.

Maria Lorenzino / Sun Sentinel

Florida Power & Light Co. customers won’t be getting a $772 million annual tax refund, a state regulatory commission decided Tuesday.

FPL will get to hold onto tax refund money that the utility says it applied toward storm recovery, and as a result didn’t seek a storm surcharge for 2017′s Hurricane Irma.

A push to give Floridians greater choice over energy providers is heating up. Proponents say it will increase competition and drive down costs. But not everyone feels the electricity.

FPL Previews New Solar Farm In West Kendall

Oct 18, 2018
Andrew Quintana / WLRN

Florida Power & Light (FPL) will soon open a Solar Energy Center, located right off Krome avenue in the farmland of West Kendall. 

AL DIAZ / Miami Herald

Florida’s Public Service Commission (FPSC) has new recommendations to improve electrical systems after a hurricane. 

In their new report, “Review of Florida’s Electric Utility Hurricane Preparedness and Restoration Actions 2018,” the FPSC used data collected from past hurricane reviews and identified tree trimming, underground power lines and utility workers as critical areas to hurricane preparedness.

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